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Space News Archive - March 24, 2006

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NASA said Thursday it approved a new method for crew members to attach themselves to the outside of the international space station for U.S. spacewalks, which were put on hold a day earlier.

NASA lifted its ban on spacewalks from the International Space Station following ground tests of suspect safety equipment, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

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The first test images of Mars from NASA's newest spacecraft provide a tantalizing preview of what the orbiter will reveal when its main science mission begins next fall.

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A cometary "string-of-pearls" will fly past Earth in May closer than any comet has come in almost 80 years.

A partly reusable commercial rocket developed by a California entrepreneur failed during its maiden launch from a Pacific island Friday, a spokeswoman said.

The debut flight of a low-cost launcher developed and financed by Internet billionaire Elon Musk lasted about a minute before the rocket failed due to unknown technical reasons on Friday.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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