Space News Archive - December 12, 2008


In light of recent developments that threaten to lead to the break-up of the Wilkins Ice Shelf, ESA is making daily satellite images of the ice shelf available to the public via the 'Webcam' from Space web page in order to monitor the developments as they occur.


Combining a double natural "magnifying glass" with the power of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have scrutinized the inner parts of the disc around a supermassive black hole 10 billion light-years away.


NASA scientists, academic researchers and potential future space flight service providers will discuss new ways to conduct autonomous and human-tended space, life and Earth science experiments at the Human-Tended Suborbital Science Workshop, on Monday, Dec 15, 2008 in San Francisco.


The Marshall Center will sponsor four high school engineering teams -- three from North Alabama and one from Illinois -- whose mechanical and engineering marvels will compete in spring 2009 in the 16th annual FIRST Robotics Competition.


No, you can not see Neil Armstrong's footprint, but go ahead and look: The full Moon of Dec 12th is the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year.


One of the moons in our solar system that scientists think has the potential to harbor life may have a far more dynamic ocean than previously thought.


New research suggests that turbulence plays a critical role in creating ripe conditions for the birth of planets.


Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing spectroscopic observations with NASA's space-based Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) of the white dwarf KPD 0005+5106.


Today's arrival of space shuttle Endeavour at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be seen only on NASA Television's Public Channel (101) and NASA's Web site.


Members of the MESSENGER science team will present a range of new findings from the spacecraft’s studies of the planet Mercury during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting next week in San Francisco.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.