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Space News Archive - February 27, 2010

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A rocket scientist has gotten the attention of the US space agency, after he announced that a journey from the Earth to Mars could soon take only 39 days, cutting the travel time down nearly six-fold.

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NASA is announcing a new initiative to launch small cube-shaped satellites for education and not-for-profit organizations.

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Spaceflight pioneer Aaron Cohen, a former director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, died Thursday, Feb 25, after a lengthy illness.

As ESA’s Mission Scientist for CryoSat, Mark Drinkwater’s role in supporting the preparation of the mission has been to ensure that the satellite and data processing systems are compatible with achieving the mission’s objectives of deriving accurate measurements of ice-thickness change.

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Today the MESSENGER spacecraft crossed the four-billion-mile mark since its launch.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'