Space News Archive - August 20, 2010


Earth’s next-door neighbor, the Moon, has been found by astronomers to be shrinking.


Construction on a spacecraft initially designed to be part of the Constellation project continues, despite the cancellation of the proposed return to the moon by President Barack Obama.


U.S. aerospace companies are encouraging students to pursue technical careers to help replace an expected flood of worker retirements.


Let the countdown begin. NASA's Dawn spacecraft is less than one year away from giant asteroid Vesta.

If you like music, the space program and are a little nostalgic, NASA has the perfect opportunity for you.


U.S. Senator Bill Nelson proposed a legislation on Tuesday that would introduce tax breaks for investments in commercial space ventures to offset job losses from the end of the U.S. space shuttle program.

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'