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Space News Archive - May 20, 2009


The world's largest and longest-running volunteer computing project, SETI@home, celebrates its tenth anniversary this month with 140,000 participants and 235,000 computers powering the search for intelligent signals from space.


NASA's PharmaSat nanosatellite successfully launched at 7:55 pm EDT Tuesday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at Wallops Island, Va PharmaSat rode to orbit aboard a four-stage Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket.


Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have succeeded in measuring the size of giant galaxy Messier 87 and were surprised to find that its outer parts have been stripped away by still unknown effects.


NASA and industry engineers successfully completed the first test of the Ares I rocket's three main parachutes Wednesday.


The European Space Agency on Wednesday announced the acceptance of its first British astronaut.


Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts treated themselves to some much deserved rest and relaxation on Wednesday.


The bombardment of Earth nearly 4 billion years ago by asteroids as large as Kansas would not have had the firepower to extinguish potential early life on the planet and may even have given it a boost.


Researchers have long debated the prospect of finding water on Mars, but a new report from researchers in Spain shows that the Red Planet could have been frozen while still maintaining a habitat for liquid water flows at one point in its history.


NASA's Mission Control gave the Expedition 19 astronaut crew aboard the International Space Station a "go" to drink water that the station's new recycling system has purified.