Space News Archive - August 03, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts from the International Space Station floated outside their orbital home for a 6-1/2 hour spacewalk on Thursday to prepare the half-built complex for future construction.


Two spacewalking astronauts did so well at their international space station repairs that they finished up 90 minutes early and got to marvel at the weakening Tropical Storm Chris below.


Engineers designing the new U.S. moon rocket said Thursday they plan to cover part of it with the same type of foam that doomed Columbia and has been a problem throughout the space shuttle program.

Word of the Day
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.