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Space News Archive - December 03, 2008

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The world’s first space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, met its first outer space obstacle on Tuesday when a competitor - XCOR Aerospace Inc - began offering half price tickets for suborbital rides.

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A group of space experts called the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) have called for a coordinated response to the threat and say missions to stop asteroids will need global approval.

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Astronomers have uncovered strong evidence that brown dwarfs form like stars.

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Based on the outstanding success of the first tandem mission between ERS-2 and Envisat last year, ESA has paired the two satellites together again to help improve our understanding of the planet.

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A recent ESA campaign has demonstrated how a technique using lasers could be employed to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The campaign supports one of the main objectives of the candidate Earth Explorer A-SCOPE mission.

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A pale yellow dot to the human eye, Earth’s twin planet comes to life in the ultraviolet and the infrared. New images taken by instruments on board ESA’s Venus Express provide insight into the turbulent atmosphere of our neighboring planet.

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NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Explorer satellite rocketed into space in 2004 on a mission to study some of the highest-energy events in the universe. In that time, Swift also has observed 80 exploding stars and studied six comets.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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