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Space News Archive - November 15, 2011

News media representatives are invited to attend a public announcement of NASA's process for selecting its next class of astronauts.

FASTSAT Paints Detailed View Of Region Near Earth

Space around Earth is anything but a barren vacuum. The area seethes with electric and magnetic fields that change constantly. Charged particles flow through, moving energy around, creating electric currents, and producing the aurora.

How Does Space Flight Impact Astronauts' Eyes And Vision

North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) member describes novel eye findings in astronauts after long duration space flight.

Voyager 2 Switches To Backup Thruster Set

NASA's Voyager 2 has successfully switched to the backup set of thrusters that controls the roll of the spacecraft.

NASA Extends MESSENGER Mission

NASA has announced that it will extend the MESSENGER mission for an additional year of orbital operations at Mercury beyond the planned end of the primary mission on March 17, 2012.

Mystery of the Lunar Ionosphere

Lunar researchers have been struggling with the mystery for years, and they may have finally found a solution. But first, what is an ionosphere?

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.