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Space News Archive - July 11, 2008

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Astronomers have uncovered an extreme stellar machine -- a galaxy in the very remote universe pumping out stars at a surprising rate of up to 4,000 per year. In comparison, our own Milky Way galaxy turns out an average of just 10 stars per year.

International Space Station Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko wrapped up a 6-hour, 18-minute spacewalk at 9:06 p.m. EDT Thursday. They inspected their Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft and retrieved a pyro bolt from it.

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Mix moondust with epoxy, add a dash of carbon nanotubes, and spin. The result? A parabolic mirror perfectly suited for a lunar observatory.

Almost two months ago my newborn son began his life just as stars go through a life cycle of their own. Stars are formed from within a nebula, a cloud of gas and dust.

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: Janet Anderson, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., +1-256-544-0034, janet.l.anderson@nasa.gov; or Nancy Neal-Jones, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., +1- 301-286-0039, nancy.n.jones@nasa.gov, both of NASA GREENBELT, Md., July 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americas plans for opening the space frontier -- including new human exploration of Earth's moon and future voyages into the solar system beyond -- are featured in an interactive exhibit scheduled to tour New Jersey from July 20 to August 3.

KOROLYOV (Moscow region). July 11 (Interfax-AVN) - Members of Expedition 17 at the International Space Station (ISS) Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko have returned to the Pirs docking compartment after spending six hours in outer space.

Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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