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Space News Archive - July 15, 2008

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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is using its robotic arm to enlarge an exposure of hard subsurface material expected to yield a sample of ice-rich soil for analysis in one of the lander's ovens.

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A contender for the title of brightest star in our Milky Way galaxy has been unearthed in the dusty metropolis of the galaxy's center.

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Two Russian astronauts aboard the International Space Station took their second spacewalk in less than a week on Tuesday.

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The Tunguska catastrophe in 1908 evidently led to high levels of acid rain. This is the conclusion reached by Russian, Italian and German researchers based on the results of analyses of peat profiles taken from the disaster region.

Russian cosmonauts worked Tuesday outside the International Space Station, prepping the outpost's Russian portion for next year's arrival of a lab module.

By Neil Hodgson NATIONAL fitted kitchens chain Magnet is the latest occupier to take space at Priority Sites' Brookfield Business Park Development. The retailer has signed a 15-year lease on space at the park located off Brookfield Drive in Aintree.

To: SCIENCE EDITORS Contact: Chris Rink of NASA, +1-757-864-6786, +1-757-344-7711, christopher.p.rink@nasa.gov HAMPTON, Va., July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Langley Research Center hosted its fourth annual MY NASA DATA workshop June 22 to 27 attracting 21 educators from regions across America.

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A powered rasp on the back of the robotic arm scoop of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is being tested for the first time on Mars in gathering sample shavings of ice.

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has found a sponsor to build a spacecraft that will bring space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2011, Roscosmos deputy head Vitaly Davydov said.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.