Space News Archive - December 16, 2010
NASA-funded researchers announced earlier this month that they had found a new life form that thrives on arsenic, but critics are skeptical of the new outlook.
NASA will conduct a tanking test at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Dec 17, to evaluate repairs made to space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank.
NASA's Mars Odyssey, which launched in 2001, broke the record Wednesday for longest-serving spacecraft at the Red Planet.
Bill Patzert, an oceanographer and climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif, has been honored by the American Geophysical Union with its 2010 Athelstan Spilhaus Award for his contributions to improving public understanding of Earth science.
ESA's Earth-observing satellites are helping to understand the intricate role that Eurasia's boreal forest â€“ the planet's largest land ecosystem â€“ plays in the chemical make-up of the atmosphere and the global climate system.
Gamma-ray bursts are among the most energetic events in the Universe, but some appear curiously faint in visible light.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA named Richard Keegan as the agency's associate deputy administrator on Thursday. He replaces Charles Scales, who has held the position since April 2007.
- A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
- A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
- In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
- The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
- A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.