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Space News Archive - May 20, 2005

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After a series of delays, a rocket carrying a global weather-tracking satellite blasted off Friday on a multimillion-dollar mission to improve forecasting and monitor global climate changes.

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A scientists' group on Thursday warned the United States against weaponizing space, saying the move would be prohibitively expensive and could set off a new arms race. They say the United Nations should consider drafting a treaty that would prohibit interfering with unarmed satellites, taking away any justification for putting weapons in space to protect them.

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A layer deep in the solar atmosphere can be used to estimate the speed of the solar wind, a stream of electrified gas that constantly blows from the Sun. Estimating this speed will improve space weather forecasts, enhancing our ability to protect communications, navigation, and other satellites from the effects of solar storms.

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NASA officials conducted a second fueling test Friday on space shuttle Discovery in an effort to understand why sensors and valves weren't working properly during a previous test.

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dynamitard
  • A political dynamiter.
The word 'dynamitard' is related to 'dynamite', which comes from a Greek root meaning 'power' and was coined by Alfred Nobel.