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Space News Archive - February 07, 2007

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American astronauts undergo a psychological assessment when they join NASA but face no further evaluations during their careers unless issues arise during their annual flight physicals, the space agency said yesterday.

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The 16-year-old Ulysses spacecraft reaches what could be considered a low point in its mission observing the sun today - and solar scientists could not be happier.

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When scientists are looking into space, the more they can see, the easier it is to piece together the puzzle of the cosmos. The James Webb Space Telescope's mirror blanks have now been constructed.

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The universe contains one and a half times more calcium than previously assumed. This conclusion was drawn by astronomers of the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, after observations with ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray observatory.

China has chosen the site for a new satellite launching center, the country's fourth, on Hainan island in the South China Sea, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft this month is set to surpass the record for the most science data returned by any Mars spacecraft.