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Space News Archive - November 30, 2011

Image 1 - Europe Prepares New Technologies For Future Launchers

ESA launched two payloads on a Texus suborbital rocket on 27 November to test a new, advanced way of handling propellants on Europe’s future reignitable cryogenic upper stage.

NASA has selected 300 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for possible contract awards through the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Hungry Milky Way Devours Galaxies

The Milky Way galaxy continues to devour its small neighboring dwarf galaxies and the evidence is spread out across the sky.

New Radar Satellite Sees Through Thick Clouds

The U.K. government said it plans to start an innovative project to fly radar satellites around the Earth to see the planet's surface through all weather, and regardless of the time of day.

Tiny Worms Could Hold Key To Living In Space

Microscopic worms similar in biological makeup to human beings have returned from a successful space mission, proving for the first time that worms can survive in space.

Image 1 - Growing Knowledge In Space

Plants are critical in supporting life on Earth, and with help from an experiment that flew onboard space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 mission, they also could transform living in space.

Nanosail-D Completes Mission

After spending more than 240 days "sailing" around the Earth, NASA's NanoSail-D -- a nanosatellite that deployed NASA's first-ever solar sail in low-Earth orbit -- has successfully completed its Earth orbiting mission.

Sentinel-2 Shapes Up For Testing

An important milestone has been reached in the development of Sentinel-2. The satellite platform has been delivered to Germany where it will be integrated and tested with the various components that make up this sophisticated new craft to monitor Earth’s land surfaces.

Three NASA Missions Named PopSci's 'Best Of What's New'

NASA's Dawn, Mars Science Laboratory and MESSENGER missions have earned recognition from Popular Science magazine as innovations worthy of the publication's "Best of What's New" Award in the aviation and space category.

NASA and the Library of Congress have established the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress chair in Astrobiology at the Library's scholarly research organization, the John W. Kluge Center in Washington.

Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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