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Space News Archive - August 31, 2006

Nearly six months after it entered orbit, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has concluded its aerobraking phase. The spacecraft had been dipping in and out of the Red Planet’s atmosphere to adjust its orbit.

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A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is helping astronomers understand how stardust is recycled in galaxies. The cosmic portrait shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy.

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This image is a never-before-seen astronomical alignment of a moon traversing the face of Uranus, and its accompanying shadow. The white dot near the center of Uranus' blue-green disk is the icy moon Ariel.

NASA has awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. to design, develop and test a manned spaceship to replace aging U.S. space shuttles, two congressional sources familiar with the decision told Reuters on Thursday.

NASA decided on Thursday to try to launch space shuttle Atlantis next Wednesday to resume construction of the International Space Station, after a delay caused by a lighting strike and threat of bad weather.

NASA picked Lockheed Martin Corp. on Thursday as the prime contractor to build the Orion spaceship, which will replace the aging shuttle fleet and take astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.