Space News Archive - September 12, 2009


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.


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
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'