Fabiola Giannotti at the ATLAS experiment (Photo courtesy Claudia Marcelloni/CERN. All rights reserved)

CERN has announced the appointment of Italian scientist Fabiola Gianotti as new Director-General. The formalization will take place at the December meeting of the Council of Delegates that govern CERN. Dr. Gianotti’s mandate will start on January 1, 2016 and will run for five years. She’ll be the first woman to hold that office.

Steven Nagel's NASA official photo

On Thursday August 21, 2014 the former astronaut Steven Nagel passed away due to cancer. He’s survived by his wife Linda M. Godwin, also a former astronaut, and their two daughters. In 1985, he was part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery in the STS-51-G mission. In 1985, he was part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger in its last completed mission, the STS-61-A commanded by Hank Hartsfield. In 1991, he was the commander of the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in the STS-37 mission. In 1993, he was the commander of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia in the STS-55 mission.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Apollo astronauts Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell, and Center Director Robert Cabana in front of the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building (Photo NASA/Kevin O’Connell)

Yesterday at Kennedy Space Center among the many celebrations for the 45th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon, there was a ceremony that honored Neil Armstrong renaming after him a historic building in the Center so far known as the Operations and Checkout Building. It was there that Armstrong and the other astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission got ready for launch.

Henry Warren "Hank" Hartsfield, Jr. in an official picture as an astronaut (Photo NASA)

The former American astronaut Hank Hartsfield passed away yesterday, July 17, 2014, due to complications from the back surgery he had several months ago. Hank Hartsfield flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia in the STS-4 mission, on the Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-41-D mission and on the Space Shuttle Challenger in the STS-61-A mission.

Typhoon Neoguri seen from the International Space Station (Photo Alexander Gerst)

In recent days, the typhoon Neoguri reached southern Japan, seriously affecting the prefecture of Okinawa. On July 6, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned the inhabitants of the Ryukyu Islands that Neoguri may be among the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the nation. Its size can be really seen only from above and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station have taken several photos of it.