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Space News Archive - December 20, 2010

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Despite its relatively small budget, Japan’s space program has courageously reached for the heavens, pioneering solar-powered galactic travel, exploring a distant asteroid and planning a robot base on the Moon.

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NASA in 2010 set a new course for human spaceflight, helped rewrite science textbooks, redefined our understanding of Earth's nearest celestial neighbor, put the finishing touches on one of the world's greatest engineering marvels, made major contributions to life on Earth, and turned its sights toward the next era of exploration.

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The Cryosat-2 spacecraft has provided a new map of ocean circulation across the Arctic basin.

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A new study from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory tells scientists how often the biggest black holes have been active over the last few billion years.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has issued delivery orders to three companies as part of its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) project.

Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for additional work related to its final scheduled mission.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be making its close flyby of the northern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Enceladus today, Monday, Dec 20.

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This year's winter solstice will coincide with a full lunar eclipse for the first time in 456 years.

Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.