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Space News Archive - July 01, 2008

Outdoor spaces Enjoy the summer in a hillside haven or a garden meant for child's play 1F (c) 2008 Sunday Gazette - Mail; Charleston, W.V.. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

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A delicate ribbon of gas floats eerily in our galaxy. A contrail from an alien spaceship? A jet from a black-hole?

By Sarah Arkin, Danville Register & Bee, Va. Jul. 1--About 100 children who thought they were just getting a basic lesson about space exploration received a lot more when a Danville native and NASA employee gave a presentation Monday at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

The research team that developed Shenzhou VII, China's third manned space launch, will start final testing after arriving at a north-western satellite launch centre in a few days, said a space mission official here on Tuesday.

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The year is 1908, and it's just after seven in the morning. A man is sitting on the front porch of a trading post at Vanavara in Siberia. Little does he know, in a few moments, he will be hurled from his chair and the heat will be so intense he will feel as though his shirt is on fire.

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander enlarged the "Snow White" trench and scraped up little piles of icy soil on Saturday, June 28, the 33rd Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Scientists say that the scrapings are ideal for the lander's analytical instruments.

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Hurricanes aren't the only hazards spinning up in the Gulf of Mexico -- they have a liquid counterpart in the waters below called ocean eddies. Offshore industries, such as oil and gas companies, have to keep a weather eye on both. In a worst-case scenario, they could find themselves caught between the two. Satellite altimetry is helping government and industry manage those risks.

By GARETH DEIGHAN THE secrets of the universe could soon be unlocked with the help of the brain power of North East scientists.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.