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Space News Archive - September 12, 2009

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Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven astronauts ended a 14-day journey of more than 5.7 million miles with an 5:53 pm PDT landing Friday at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have now successfully used magnetic fields to levitate mice.

NASA's Glenn Research Center has selected Mainthia Technologies, Inc (MTI), Cleveland, for a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract valued at $27 million to provide implementation, maintenance and operation of the central process systems.

NASA is exercising its final option in the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services contract known as CAPPS.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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