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Space News Archive - December 11, 2008

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Data and images from Mars Express suggest that several Light Toned Deposits, some of the least understood features on Mars, were formed when large amounts of groundwater burst on to the surface.

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A team of astronomers led by John Johnson of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy has used a new technique to measure the precise size of a planet around a distant star.

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Found in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud, 30 Doradus is one of the largest massive star forming regions close to the Milky Way.

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A revolutionary container-less chemical reactor, pioneered by the space research team at Guigné International Ltd (GIL) in Canada with scientists at the University of Bath, has been installed on the International Space Station.

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Moons outside our solar system with the potential to support life have just become much easier to detect, thanks to research by an astronomer at University College London (UCL).

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The chief trade group for arms makers and others in the US aerospace industry is asking President-elect Barack Obama to recognize its industry as a job-creating bright spot in a bleak economy.

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The final four Europeans who are set to take part in a 105-day simulated Mars mission were presented to the media in Paris today.

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed its primary, two-year science phase.

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Several research projects are underway to try to detect particles that may make up the mysterious "dark matter" believed to dominate the universe's mass.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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