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Space News Archive - November 14, 2011

New Crew Headed To International Space Station

An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts were launched successfully on Monday to return a full crew to the International Space Station (ISS), the first manned launching since the US shuttle program retired in July.

ESA’s cloud, aerosol and radiation mission, EarthCARE, is about to enter its Detailed Definition Phase (Phase C). As part of this development process, ESA has released a call for Mission Advisory Group members for the mission.

LISA Pathfinder Takes Major Step In Hunt For Gravity Waves

Sensors destined for ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission in 2014 have far exceeded expectations, paving the way for a mission to detect one of the most elusive forces permeating through space – gravity waves.

China Successfully Docks Space Modules A Second Time

China successfully docked space modules together for a second time on Monday, according to its Xinhua news agency.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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