Space News Archive - December 18, 2008


Recent discoveries bring planetary scientists closer to understanding what happened to the water on Venus, which is suspected to have once been as abundant as on Earth.


According to New Scientist, Britain’s unlucky Mars probe, Beagle 2, may have met its end due to a miscalculation.


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has caught Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, playing a game of "peek-a-boo."


Different wavelengths of light provide new information about the Orientale Basin region of the moon in a new composite image taken by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper, a guest instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft.

The Inauguration Committee for President-elect Barack Obama officially extended an invitation Wednesday for NASA to be part of the 56th Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20.

NASA and Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas, have signed a Space Act Agreement that could lead to the testing of a new plasma-based space propulsion technology on the International Space Station.


NASA said it is preparing to launch a satellite that will be capable of spotting the source of carbon emissions.


A lunar base on the Moon may be possible due to craters on the Moon’s surface that astronomers believe could hold ice, providing a crucial water supply.


Researchers using a powerful instrument aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found a long sought-after mineral on the Martian surface and, with it, unexpected clues to the Red Planet's watery past.


The International Space Station crew, paving the way for NASA's return to the moon, will honor the first humans to journey there 40 years ago with a special message.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'