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Space News Archive - October 02, 2008

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Hot spots near the shattered remains of an exploded star are echoing the blast's first moments, say scientists using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, which is toting an $8.7 million University of Colorado at Boulder instrument to measure Mercury's wispy atmosphere and blistering surface, will make its second flyby of the mysterious, rocky planet Oct. 6.

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A record two-hour observation of Jupiter using a superior technique to remove atmospheric blur has produced the sharpest whole-planet picture ever taken from the ground.

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The landmark 10th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's Hubble Heritage Project is being celebrated with a 'landscape' image from the cosmos.

By RICHARD PYLE CUTLINES The historic aircraft carrier Intrepid sits docked at a repair facility in Bayonne, N.J., earlier this month.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An Internet entrepreneur's latest effort to make space launch more affordable paid off Sunday when his commercial rocket, carrying a dummy payload, was lofted into orbit from the South Pacific.

The U.S. space agency has given a two-year, $650 million contract extension to the Boeing Co. for engineering support of the International Space Station.

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A survey released by Thomson Reuters Corp on Wednesday has named the most likely scientists to receive this year’s prestigious Nobel Prize.

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ESA and European industries have updated the planning of the preparatory activities for a new tentative launch date of 27 October 2008 for the GOCE satellite.

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A satellite about the size of a loaf of bread will be designed and built at the University of Michigan and deployed to study space weather, thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.