Space News Archive - November 16, 2011

Image 1 - Ancient Stars Hint At Prehistory Of The Milky Way

Some of the oldest stars in the Milky Way – a kind of stellar fossils in the outer reaches of our galaxy, contain abnormally large amounts of heavy elements like gold, platinum and uranium.

NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior presented the 2011 William T. Pecora awards to Alan H. Strahler, professor of geography and environment at Boston University, and to the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing at a ceremony Tuesday in Herndon, Va.

Astronauts and oil field workers will share a training facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston thanks to a new agreement that takes advantage of excess capacity at the agency's underwater training pool.

NASA will host a Science Update at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to discuss new theories concerning Jupiter's icy moon Europa. The event will be in NASA's James E. Webb Auditorium at 300 E St. SW in Washington.

NASA has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), which provides a summary of the agency's annual performance and financial information. This year's report marks an important financial milestone for the agency -- a "clean" audit opinion.

Students Help NASA Validate Satellites With Cloud Observations

In between recess, geography class and eating the lunch their moms packed, NASA student scientists have found the time to help validate Earth-observing satellites.

NASA Announces 2011 NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

NASA is kicking off its second annual NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest to raise student awareness of how NASA technologies provide benefits to the public. Registration for the contest is open until January 3, 2012.

Orbiting Solar Power Plants 'Technically Feasible' Within 30 Years: Study

Orbiting solar power plants that harness the sun’s energy from space and beam it to Earth could be economically viable within three decades based on technologies currently being tested.

New Crew Aboard The International Space Station

Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut has docked successfully with the International Space Station (ISS).

APEX Provides New View Of Carina Nebula Star Formation

Observations made with the APEX telescope in submillimeter-wavelength light reveal the cold dusty clouds from which stars form in the Carina Nebula.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).