Space News Archive - July 16, 2008


Scientists and engineers are preparing ESA’s Mars Express for a pair of close fly-bys of the Martian moon Phobos.

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 16, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (Nasdaq:LORL), and the world's leading provider of high-power commercial satellites, today announced that the EchoStar XI satellite, built for DISH Network, deployed its solar arrays early this morning, following its successful launch last night from Sea Launch's Odyssey Launch Platform on the equator in the Pacific Ocean.


NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said China might be the next nation to complete a manned mission to the moon. And while NASA has plans to use its new Orion spacecraft to follow up on its 1972 Apollo 17 manned lunar mission, it may very well be the case that Chinese astronauts will be the next to reach the moon.


A powered rasp on the back of the robotic arm scoop of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander successfully drilled into the frozen soil and loosened material that was collected in the lander's scoop.

By JOHN CICHOWSKI Anyone who has wasted $4-a-gallon gasoline on Chestnut Ridge Road and scores of other rush-hour time killers in Montvale, Park Ridge and Woodcliff Lake would have cheered over the simple commuter rail solution that was floated Tuesday.


Two studies based on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed that the Red Planet once hosted vast lakes, flowing rivers and a variety of other wet environments that had the potential to support life.


How do you weigh the biggest black holes in the universe? One answer now comes from a completely new and independent technique that astronomers have developed using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

To: SCIENCE EDITORS Contact: John Yembrick, Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358- 0602, john.yembrick-1@nasa.gov, or Kylie Clem, Johnson Space Center, Houston, +1-281-483-5111, kylie.s.clem@nasa.gov, both of NASA WASHINGTON, July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-128.

KOROLYOV, Moscow region. July 16 (Interfax-AVN) - A Russian- Ukrainian Zenit-3SL rocket and its upper stage DM have successfully put the U.S. satellite EchoStar XI into orbit with an altitude of 36,000 kilometers.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).