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Space News Archive - November 02, 2011

Image 1 - NASA Studying Ways To Make 'Tractor Beams' A Reality

Tractor beams -- the ability to trap and move objects using laser light -- are the stuff of science fiction, but a team of NASA scientists has won funding to study the concept.

'Mysteries' Slideshow Highlights Spooky Side of Space

Prepare to be awed by some of the solar system's spookiest mysteries in a Halloween slideshow from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, on Thursday, Nov. 3, to discuss the largest airborne campaign ever to study the dynamics of Earth's polar regions.

NASA has signed an agreement with the Space Florida Small Satellite Research Center of Cape Canaveral, Florida, to manage the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge, one of the agency's new Centennial Challenges prize competitions.

NASA has won a GreenGov Presidential Award from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The GreenGov awards celebrate exceptional efforts to promote sustainability in federal agency operations.

Image 1 - Gamma-ray Burst Reveals Surprising Ingredients Of Early Galaxies

An international team of astronomers has used the brief but brilliant light of a distant gamma-ray burst as a probe to study the make-up of very distant galaxies.

Image 1 - First Round Of Thermal Vacuum Testing For Landsat's TIRS Instrument

The Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) that will fly on the next Landsat satellite came out of its first round of thermal vacuum testing Tuesday, October 4 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Resupply Craft Arrives At ISS

NASA said on Wednesday that a new Russian resupply craft arrived at the International Space Station.

Water On Mars Would Have Been Below Planet's Surface

NASA said on Wednesday that if life ever existed on Mars, the longest lasting habitats were most likely below the planet's surface.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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