Space News Archive - July 31, 2008


This Friday, August 1st, millions of people in China will witness a well-publicized total eclipse of the sun. Less widely reported is the partial eclipse, which *billions* of people across a quarter of the globe can observe and enjoy.


A computer game wizard may spend the bulk of his $30 million fortune to be the world’s next space tourist.


Earth observation satellite data have never been in more demand than today as missions have demonstrated their ability to enable better understanding and improved management of the Earth and its environment.


As enthusiasts await the first total solar eclipse in two years, enthusiasts in Russia are hoping the event will help them revive a homemade telescope which was once an inspiration to many.


NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, also known as LRO, has completed the first round of environmental testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

By The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C. Jul. 31--HOUSTON -- Duke University student Teresa Ai is one of 15 students selected to spend the summer working with scientists at NASA Johnson Space Center through a National Space Biomedical Research Institute internship.

By Lisa Baumann, The Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn. Jul. 30--Next Thursday, hundreds of people will come together in Cloquet to pay homage to a gas station.


The British Museum will maintain possession of a rare astronomy tool from the 14th-century that helped scientists tell time after being outbid for the item last year.


Laboratory tests aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander have identified water in a soil sample. The lander's robotic arm delivered the sample Wednesday to an instrument that identifies vapors produced by the heating of samples.

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., July 31, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Air Force's Defense Support Program (DSP) Flight 19 satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), was decommissioned today following nine years of service.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.