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Space News Archive - April 02, 2010

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A NASA radar probe being used to find underground ice on Mars could be used to help find water in the desert climates of the Middle East.

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NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko safely launched to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on Friday.

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Astronomers have their eyes on a hot group of young stars, watching their every move like the paparazzi.

NASA has selected Raytheon Company of Riverdale, Md, for the Earth Observing System Data and Information System Evolution and Development contract.

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker is hosting a video competition for students in the greater Houston area.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD has teamed with nonprofit Space Generation Advisory Council to host a world space party on Saturday, April 10, from 8 pm to 1 am

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Technology for a water filtration system initially developed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is going to get a major test during the STS-131 mission as it is called on to create water clean enough to be used intravenously, commonly referred to as an IV.

NASA engineers and contractors have worked together for the past two years on a technology that would make it easier for future space vehicles to dock to the International Space Station.

On Tuesday, April 6, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, John Rummel, director of the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy will present "Going Coastal - Or is It Coming to Us? Shoreward Lessons for a Changing Planet" at 2 pm in the Reid Conference Center.

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In a special double flyby early next week, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will visit Saturn's moons Titan and Dione within a period of about a day and a half, with no maneuvers in between.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • 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.'
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