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Space News Archive - April 21, 2010

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The Cat’s Paw Nebula is a huge stellar nursery, the birthplace of hundreds of massive stars.

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Venus Express has completed an 'aerodrag' campaign that used its solar wings as sails to catch faint wisps of the planet’s atmosphere.

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Originally designed to monitor Earth for just three years, ESA's veteran ERS-2 satellite is still in orbit and going strong after 15 years of delivering essential data to improve our understanding of Earth and climate change.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered something odd about a distant planet -- it lacks methane, an ingredient common to many of the planets in our solar system.

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The development of the ash plume from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajoekull volcano between April 17-20 is tracked in this series of Envisat images.

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NASA's recently launched Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is returning early images that confirm an unprecedented new capability for scientists to better understand our sun’s dynamic processes.

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Analysis of the new compilation significantly narrows the possible values that dark energy might take—but not enough to decide among fundamentally different theories of its nature.

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The military plans to launch an unmanned winged spacecraft resembling a miniature space shuttle Thursday, and it probably will not be a one-time shot.

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A NASA Boeing 747 carrying a German-made infrared telescope is ready to scan the skies for the first time.

The Japanese government said on Wednesday that the Hayabusa spacecraft, which has journeyed to an asteroid, is expected to return to Earth at a remote site in the Australian outback sometime in June.

Word of the Day
zill
  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
The word 'zill' comes from a Turkish word meaning "cymbals".
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