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Space News Archive - November 10, 2011

Discovery Points To 2 Different Classes Of Supernovae

Astronomers have found evidence that neutron stars, which are produced when massive stars explode as supernovae, actually come in two distinct varieties.

Image 1 - Potential Mission Would Reveal The Hearts Of Undead Stars

Neutron stars have been called the zombies of the cosmos, shining on even though they're technically dead, and occasionally feeding on a neighboring star if it gets too close.

Two NASA astronauts soon will be aboard the International Space Station and available for regularly scheduled interview opportunities with accredited news media.

New Model May Explain Magnetized Moon Rocks

A team of scientists has proposed a novel model for the generation of a global magnetic field in the ancient moon, which could help solve a decades-old mystery about the presence of magnetized rocks on the moon’s surface.

Was The Real Discovery Of The Expanding Universe Lost In Translation?

The greatest astronomical discovery of the 20th century may have been credited to the wrong person. But it turns out to have been nobody's fault except for that of the actual original discoverer himself.

Image 1 - J-2X Rocket Engine Passes Major Test

NASA conducted a successful 500-second test firing of the J-2X rocket engine on Wednesday, Nov. 9, marking another important step in development of an upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS).

Brazil joins International Charter 'Space And Major Disasters'

In the year that severe flooding and landslides claimed over 800 lives in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil has joined the international space organization that makes timely satellite data available to rescue authorities during disasters.

Cosmic Voyager Has A Layover In St. Louis

WUSTL geochemist helps analyze rare and beautiful meteorite found by a Missouri farmer.

Young Dwarf Galaxies Found Bursting With Stars

Using its near-infrared vision to peer 9 billion years back in time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of young dwarf galaxies brimming with star formation.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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