Space News Archive - April 27, 2010


As the next space shuttle mission completed a step forward over the weekend, the final mission in the program's history took a step backwards on Monday.


These ESA Envisat images capture the oil that is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after a drilling rig exploded and sank off the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, USA, on April 22.


Bacteria common to spacecraft may be able to survive the harsh environs of Mars long enough to inadvertently contaminate Mars with terrestrial life.


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced plans to launch a solar-powered 'space yacht'--the first of its kind.


Last September a team of researchers assembled in southern France for a six month assignment: to develop a new type of space mission, targeting a mysterious segment of the Sun normally hidden in plain sight.

The director of NASA's Ames Research Center, S Pete Worden, was recognized Tuesday by The Arthur C Clarke Foundation for his leadership in space exploration.

NASA will hold a news media teleconference at 1:30 pm EDT, Wednesday, April 28, to discuss the status of agency-sponsored astrobiology research, including the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life and the study of how life began on Earth.


NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be gliding low over Saturn's moon Enceladus for a gravity experiment designed to probe the moon's interior composition.

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.