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Space News Archive - July 24, 2008

Sportswoman Zara Phillips launched a photographic exhibition celebrating adventurers - by unveiling an image of herself. The 13ft high portrait of the royal horsewoman is one of 10 pictures that depict individuals who have pushed the boundaries of their chosen fields.

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A team of European scientists working with COROT have discovered an exoplanet orbiting a star slightly more massive than the Sun. After just 555 days in orbit, the mission has now observed more than 50,000 stars and is adding significantly to our knowledge of the fundamental workings of stars.

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For the first time, a team of international researchers has found a way to view the accretion disks surrounding black holes and verify that their true electromagnetic spectra match what astronomers have long predicted they would be.

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Dr. Edgar Mitchell, a former NASA astronaut and moon-walker who was a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission, has made a shocking claim that aliens from another planet do, indeed, exist and that governments have been covering it up for over 60 years.

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency Almaty, 24 July: Kazakhstan's spending within the framework of implementation of its second space programme, which is being drawn up and which is for the period until 2020, totals not less than 6bn dollars, an adviser to the chairman of the Kazkosmos [Kazakh space] national space agency and director-general of the Bayterek joint venture, Ivan Akhmatov, has said.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin is progressing steadily on the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications system, most recently delivering the core propulsion module for the third space vehicle (SV-3) six months ahead of the planned schedule.

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NASA and Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library based in San Francisco, made available the most comprehensive compilation ever of NASA's vast collection of photographs, historic film and video Thursday.

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Researchers using a fleet of five NASA satellites have discovered that explosions of magnetic energy a third of the way to the moon power substorms that cause sudden brightenings and rapid movements of the aurora borealis, called the Northern Lights.

MINNEAPOLIS, July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliant Techsystems reported today that the constellation of five micro satellites it built for NASA's THEMIS (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms) mission has successfully demonstrated how satellites can work together to collect data, which in this case, advances the scientific understanding of the Earth's atmosphere.

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On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) hosted NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Secretary of Agriculture Edward T. Schafer during the signing of a memorandum of understanding to enable the USDA's Agricultural Research Service to conduct plant related research on the International Space Station.

Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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