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Space News Archive - November 04, 2011

Scientists Study 'Galaxy Zoo' Using Google Maps An Thousands Of Volunteers

The reddest galaxies with the largest central bulb show the largest bars -gigantic central columns of stars and dark matter-, according to a scientific study that used Google Maps to observe the sky.

Apollo Moon Rock On Public Display At Arizona State University

A lunar sample from a rock that once sat on the surface of the moon will be on public display at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ beginning November 5, 2011.

Reporters are invited to NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Wednesday, Nov. 9 to view a test firing of the J-2X rocket engine, a key component of NASA's Space Launch System, which will carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo, equipment and science experiments beyond Earth orbit.

Alien Hunters Should Look For 'City Lights'

In a new paper, researchers from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Princeton suggest a new technique for finding aliens: look for their city lights.

Mars Rover Curiosity Arrives At Space Launch Complex

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover was moved from NASA Kennedy Space Center to Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday morning in preparation for lift-off

Image 1 - Mars500 Finally 'Returns To Earth'

After 520-days of a simulated mission to Mars, the Mars500 crew finally "returned to Earth" on Friday after stepping out of their "spacecraft."

Black Hole Imaged Gobbling Up Accretion Disc

A team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar accretion disc — a brightly glowing disc of matter that is slowly being sucked into its galaxy’s central black hole.

Image 1 - New Space Station Camera Reveals Cosmic Shore

Part of human fascination with space is the chance to look back at our own planet from afar. The unique vantage from the International Space Station affords a vista both breathtaking and scientifically illuminating.

SDO Spots Largest Sunspots In Years

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spotted one of the largest new sunspots to have appeared on the surface of the sun in years.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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