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Space News Archive - February 25, 2010

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If Spirit can make it through to spring, the feisty robot will prove it's still in the game—by solving the mysteries of the Martian core.

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US university faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space.

NASA's Stennis Space Center in Stennis, Miss, unveiled an initiative Feb 24 to chart the future of the nation's premier rocket engine testing facility.

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Earth observation (EO) from space can provide consistent, accurate and timely information on the state of the global environment that could help the Bank to assess the feasibility, monitor the progress and quantify the environmental impact of its investment projects.

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NASA officials broke ground near Canberra, Australia on Wednesday, Feb 24, beginning a new antenna-building campaign to improve Deep Space Network communications.

Science results from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, Chandrayaan-1, and Chang'E-1 lunar missions will highlight the 41st annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference March 1-5 in Houston.

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Skeptical US senators told NASA on Wednesday that it needs a clear plan on where the administration is heading after next year’s retirement of the current shuttle fleet.

The NASA World Wind Java computer program developed at the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., is the winner of NASA's 2009 Software of the Year Award.

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Lowell Observatory astronomer Deidre Hunter and her team studies small, diffuse galaxies to learn about star formation in those regions and, perhaps, shed light on the birth of the first stars after the Big Bang.

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Astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth will discuss science and living in space with students from Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet School in Wichita, Kan, on Tuesday, March 2.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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