Space News Archive - February 16, 2010


NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is now parked for the winter.


University of Arizona astronomers have helped solve a mystery surrounding the birth of stars in galaxies that has long puzzled scientists.


Experts said a meteorite that crashed into Earth 40 years ago contains millions of different carbon-containing, or organic, molecules.

The 11 crew members aboard space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 8:39 pm CST on Thursday, Feb 18.


Today Mars Express began a series of flybys of Phobos, the largest moon of Mars.


One of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), arrived at ESA’s Test Centre in the Netherlands for testing before being launched on the Space Shuttle to the ISS this July.

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.'