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Space News Archive - December 22, 2008

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NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch.

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NASA will host a media teleconference with Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier at 4 pm EST, Tuesday, Dec 23, to discuss the contract selection for commercial cargo resupply services for the International Space Station.

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The Expedition 18 crew aboard the International Space Station shifted its sleep schedule Sunday night and awoke later than usual to begin preparations for Monday night's spacewalk by Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov.

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Researchers have reported discovering small fragments of meteorites that are related to others found in China, the US and Australia.

Scientists could learn about Martian water life by plumbing a spring in an iron ore mine in Minnesota's Iron Range, University of Minnesota researchers say. The researchers say microorganisms in the lowest levels of the spring could be a boon for scientists interested in studying possible life on Mars, the St.

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You look through the telescope, blink, shake your head and look again - The planet you expected to see in the eyepiece is not the one that's actually there.

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NASA Television will honor the 40th anniversary of the historic Christmas Eve broadcast by the Apollo 8 crew with special programming Dec 24 and 25 on the NASA TV Public Channel (101).

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.