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Space News Archive - April 27, 2010

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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