Space News Archive - April 20, 2010


In its first five years in orbit, NASA's Swift satellite has given astronomers more than they could have hoped for.


Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory have solved a long-standing dilemma about the mass of infrared bright merging galaxies.


Following a pair of aborted attempts on Monday, the Space Shuttle Discovery completed landing procedures at the Kennedy Space Center early Tuesday morning.

Justin Varner of Selinsgrove, Pa, has spent almost four months providing network engineering support to the Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

NASA Headquarters in Washington will welcome space shuttle Endeavour's STS-130 astronauts for a visit from Tuesday, April 20, through Friday, April 23.


New high-tech speed cameras that use satellites to help track speeders are being secretly tested in Britain.


NASA and the National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, have selected high school teachers from Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Washington to fly an experiment in microgravity.


NASA centers across the nation invite journalists and the public to see and hear about the agency's contributions to exploring and protecting our home planet during this year's Earth Day celebrations.


NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the ash plume from Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano this morning, April 20, as it flew overhead from its vantage point in space.

Seventy-six students from community colleges in 28 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have been selected to travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, May 20-22, for an out-of-this-world experience.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.