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Space News Archive - December 01, 2006

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To a non-scientist, the words 'radio occultation' might sound a little spooky. But this relatively simple NASA-developed technology at the heart of a new satellite network named Cosmic is proving to be a powerful new tool for weather and climate forecasting.

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For rocket scientists building NASA's next generation launch vehicle systems, the Ares I crew launch vehicle and Ares V cargo launch vehicle, the job is not nearly as simple as building a model rocket from a local hobby shop.

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Using observations of 17 supernovae made over more than 10 years with ESO's Very Large Telescope and the McDonald Observatory's Otto Struve Telescope, astronomers inferred the shape and structure of the debris cloud thrown out from Type Ia supernovae.

NASA managers decided Thursday to wait until 2008 before redesigning the space shuttle's external fuel tank, the source of the foam problem that caused the Columbia disaster.

Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.