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Space News Archive - April 01, 2010

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Preparations have begun for Friday's scheduled launch of a Soyuz rocket that will carry two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut to the International Space Station for a six month mission.

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The solar system's innermost planets are about to put on a beautiful show.

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13,000 years ago the Earth was struck by thousands of Tunguska-sized cometary fragments over the course of an hour, leading to a dramatic cooling of the planet.

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Fifty years ago, the world's first weather satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla, opening a new and exciting dimension in weather forecasting.

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Despite the hardest winter in the UK for the last 30 years, and the heavy snow-falls of the last few days in Scotland, there are signs from space that spring is finally on its way.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Wednesday that the sand-trapped Mars rover Spirit failed to make a scheduled communication this week and may have gone into a power-saving hibernation to survive the planet's winter.

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In readiness for launch on April 8, ESA's CryoSat-2 ice satellite has now joined the rest of the Dnepr rocket in the launch silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this scientific icon, NASA has collaborated with leading illustrated book publisher Abrams to release a dynamic and unique collection of Hubble images and commentary.

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If our eyes could see radio waves, the nearby galaxy Centaurus A (Cen A) would be one of the biggest and brightest objects in the sky, nearly 20 times the apparent size of a full moon.

Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.