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Space News Archive - April 09, 2010

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A newly constructed solar power facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla, officially is providing electricity to Florida homes.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has confirmed that they will scrap the space shuttle program and cancel a return flight to the moon, announcing at a Thursday press conference that the agency's primary focus will shift to sending a manned mission to Mars.

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Discovery Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson wound up a 6-hour, 27-minute spacewalk at 6:58 am CDT after helping move a new 1,700-pound ammonia tank from Discovery’s cargo bay to a temporary parking place on the International Space Station.

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ESA has awarded a contract to Eurockot for the launch of two of its Earth observation missions.

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In advance of President Obama’s April 15 conference about the future of NASA, two leading space policy experts from MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Edward Crawley and David Mindell, have prepared a white paper to guide Congress as it prepares to respond to the Obama administration’s bold new vision.

Word of the Day
pungle
  • To take pains; labor assiduously with little progress.
This word comes from the Spanish 'pongale,' put it.
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