Space News Archive - March 19, 2008
Astronauts aboard the space station gave Dextre, the newly assembled robotic handyman, a permanent home outside the orbital outpost on Tuesday.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting another star. This breakthrough is an important step in eventually identifying signs of life on a planet outside our solar system.
Jules Verne ATV has today reached a parking position 2000 km ahead of the International Space Station. Europe's ISS re-supply spacecraft will wait at this holding point for the completion of the STS-123 Space Shuttle mission before proceeding with the first of two rendezvous demonstration days.
The MESSENGER spacecraft delivered a critical deep-space maneuver today â€“ 64 million miles (103 million kilometers) from Earth â€“ successfully firing its large bi-propellant engine to change the probeâ€™s trajectory and target it for its second flyby of Mercury on October 6, 2008.