Space News Archive - October 18, 2011

Image 1 - CryoSat Rocking And Rolling

ESA’s ice satellite is rolling left and right in orbit to help it continue its precise measurements of the vast ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica.

Three New Flight Directors Chosen To Lead NASA's Mission Control

NASA has selected three new flight directors to manage International Space Station operations.

ROSAT Satellite Could Plunge To Earth By Halloween

Less than a month after one defunct satellite plummeted back to Earth, it appears as though a second is on its way, and the debris could reach our planet's surface by the end of the month.

US Space & Rocket Center Receives New Funding

The US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is getting a generous gift of $250,000 from the city to help with the center’s immense debt.

Geologists Assess Deep Impacts Of Near-Earth Object Strikes

Volcanologists from the Universities of Leicester and Durham have forensically reconstructed the impact of a meteorite on Earth and how debris was hurled from the crater to devastate the surrounding region.

Researchers Explain How The Milky Way Killed Off Its Satellites

Two researchers from Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg have revealed for the first time the existence of a new signature of the birth of the first stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way.


NASA's Fermi team recently released the second catalog of gamma-ray sources detected by their satellite's Large Area Telescope (LAT).

Firestation In Space To Open Firehose Of Lightning Data

When opportunity knocked, NASA heliophysicist Doug Rowland answered.

Virgin Galactic Dedicates Commercial Spaceport

Virgin Galactic and U.S. officials dedicated the world's first built-from-scratch commercial spaceport on Monday.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.