Space News Archive - November 17, 2011

NASA's Office of Education is collaborating with a variety of organizations this week to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and increase academic excellence.

NASA Invites 150 Lucky Twitter Followers To Launch Of Mars Rover

NASA has invited 150 followers of the agency's Twitter account to a two-day launch Tweetup on Nov. 23 and 25 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA Named One of Best Places to Work in Government

NASA remains one of the best places to work in the federal government. In a survey released today by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization, the agency retains its ranking of number five.

Image 1 - Cluster Reveals Earth's Bow Shock Is Remarkably Thin

A new study based on data from ESA's Cluster mission has revealed that the bow shock formed by the solar wind as it encounters Earth's magnetic field is remarkably thin: it measures only 17 kilometers across.

LRO Provides High Resolution Global Topographic Map Of The Moon

The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created.

The second NASA Future Forum of 2011 will be held at The Museum of Flight in Seattle on Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST.

Image 1 - Assembly Stand Completed for NASA's Webb Telescope Flight Optics

The clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has received a giant structural steel frame that will be used to assemble the mirrors and instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Advanced Hubble Equipment Reveals Galaxies' Most Elusive Secrets

New instrument shows the gaseous halos of galaxies are much larger and more massive than the distribution of stars within the galaxy.

Black Hole Birth Announcement

For the first time, astronomers have produced a complete description of a black hole, a concentration of mass so dense that not even light can escape its powerful gravitational pull.

Word of the Day
  • A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
The word 'deuteragonist' comes from a Greek word meaning 'an actor of second-class parts'.