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Space News Archive - September 14, 2009

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Comet 147P/Kushida-Muramatsu was captured as a temporary moon of Jupiter in the mid-20th century and remained trapped in an irregular orbit for about twelve years.

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Scientists using the Cassini spacecraft's Magnetospheric Imaging instrument (MIMI) have detected a new, temporary radiation belt at Saturn, located around the orbit of its moon Dione at about 377 000 km from the center of the planet.

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Crater patterns on Vesta and Ceres could help pinpoint when Jupiter began to form during the evolution of the early Solar System.

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Space is not a fun place to get a stomach bug. To ensure drinking water is adequately disinfected, University of Utah chemists developed a two-minute water quality monitoring method that just started six months of tests aboard the International Space Station.

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As members of the media visit IABG’s spacecraft test center in Germany to learn more about ESA’s CryoSat mission and view the satellite, a new target launch date of February 28, 2010 has been announced.

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The first of three images of ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project — a new magnificent 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky as seen from ESO’s observing sites in Chile — has just been released online.

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Last month, officials with the Netherlands’ national museum reported that it had been holding a piece of petrified wood, which had been mistaken for a piece of rubble from the surface of the moon.

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China on Monday started construction on its newest space center on Hainan island.

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NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to begin registering to screen potential space shuttle artifacts.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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