Space News Archive - September 08, 2009


The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery have wrapped up their work in space together.


NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc. say they have rescheduled a canceled test of the new first-stage solid rocket motor for the Ares I rocket. Space agency officials said the static firing of the five-segment solid motor will take place 11 a.m.

NASA has identified the spot where it will search for water on the moon.

NASA has selected five companies to provide liquid and gaseous helium for 17 agency locations, including centers and facilities.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.