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Space News Archive - December 09, 2008

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Next October, China and Russia plan to work together to launch two satellite probes to photograph Mars and one of its small moons.

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The world-renowned trial of former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak has been approved to continue after an appeals court readmitted evidence from a police search of her car.

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MESSENGER completed the second part of a two-part deep-space maneuver today, providing the remaining 10% velocity change needed to place the probe on course to fly by Mercury for the third time in September 2009.

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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