Space News Archive - August 28, 2006


With Tropical Storm Ernesto breathing down their necks, NASA managers gavup on a Tuesday space shuttle launch and prepared to move Atlantis indoors if the storm continues to threaten.


Planetary scientists have discovered the highest clouds above any planetary surface. They found them above Mars using the SPICAM instrument on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. The results are a new piece in the puzzle of how the Martian atmosphere works.

Word of the Day
  • An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
The word 'dittany' may come from the name of Mount Diktē in Crete, where it was supposed to grow.