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Space News Archive - March 30, 2006

NASA is investigating another mishap at the Kennedy Space Center, this time an accident involving the remodeled fuel tank to be used for the next shuttle mission, the agency said on Wednesday.

Brazil's first astronaut blasted off from earth into a clear blue sky on Thursday with a Russian-U.S. crew bound for the orbiting International Space Station.

The first computer simulation to model the collision of two magnetised neutron stars shows that the impact generates the strongest magnetic fields known in the Universe. The gigantic fields are more than a thousand million million times stronger than the magnetic field of the Earth and are thought to launch the violent gamma-ray burst explosions.

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Five spacecraft from two ESA missions unexpectedly found themselves engulfed by waves of electrical and magnetic energy as they travelled through Earth’s night-time shadow on August 5, 2004.

NASA unveiled a new policy for dealing with the media on Thursday, after accusations it had censored space agency scientists on global warming and the origins of the universe.

Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.