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Space News Archive - August 16, 2005

Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev on Tuesday set a record for the most days spent in space, clocking almost 748 days over a 20-year career.

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Scientists have made a big stride forward in learning how to forecast "all clear" periods where severe space weather is unlikely. Such forecasts are important for astronauts, especially outside the Earth's magnetic shield who are planning spacewalks, and for satellite and aircraft operators.

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With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the most comprehensive structural analysis of our galaxy and have found tantalizing new evidence that the Milky Way is much different from your ordinary spiral galaxy. The survey shows fine details of a long central bar feature that distinguishes the Milky Way.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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