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Space News Archive - March 03, 2009

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With less than two weeks to go before ESA's gravity mission launches, activities at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome are in full swing.

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A new Hubble image shows three galaxies locked in a gravitational tug-of-war that may result in the eventual demise of one of them.

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On Monday, an asteroid the size of a rock that exploded above Siberia in 1908 with the force of a thousand atomic bombs whizzed by Earth, according to astronomers.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found within Saturn's G ring an embedded moonlet that appears as a faint, moving pinprick of light.

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The International Space Station Program has announced a change in how two future crew members will return home.

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NASA and Cisco Inc. announced Tuesday a partnership to develop an online collaborative global monitoring platform called the "Planetary Skin" to capture, collect, analyze and report data on environmental conditions around the world.

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NASA has selected the members of the board that will investigate the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, on Feb 24.

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A full-scale mock-up of NASA's Orion launch abort system began a week-long flatbed trailer ride across the country Tuesday, en route to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

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China will soon start the construction of a new space shuttle launch center in its Hainan Province, officials 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.