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Space News Archive - July 21, 2008

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Thirty-nine years to the day after Neil Armstrong radioed "The Eagle has landed!" from the Sea of Tranquility, NASA on Sunday turned its eyes toward the moon, gazing both forward and backward in time.

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NASA officials have begun talks with Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to purchase units of a cargo transfer spacecraft to be the successor to the U.S. space shuttle.

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According to the International Astronomical Union, a dwarf planet beyond Neptune has been given the name Makemake, and has been designated the third plutoid in the solar system.

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The first robotic mission to return samples to Earth from Mars took a further step toward realization with the recent publication of a mission design report by the iMARS Working Group.

NASA has begun negotiating with Japan's space agency to purchase a Japanese spacecraft to replace the space shuttle, Japanese sources claim.

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To coordinate with observations made by an orbiter flying repeatedly overhead, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is working a schedule Monday that includes staying awake all night for the first time.

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The Pinwheel galaxy is gussied up in infrared light in a new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

By Murray Light All of those involved in the buying and selling of real estate in Buffalo appear to agree that it will be virtually impossible to dispose of the now vacant American Axle plant on East Delavan Avenue to a single purchaser.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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