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Space News Archive - February 15, 2011

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A team of astronomers from the UK, the US and Europe have identified a thick stellar disc in the nearby Andromeda galaxy for the first time.

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NASA's Stardust spacecraft spent its Valentine's Day getting cozy with a comet, snapping more than 70 photographs of Tempel 1 during a Monday flyby, the US space agency has announced.

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Physicists propose beaming laser at atmospheric sodium to measure global magnetic field.

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The risk of deadly hantavirus outbreaks in people can be predicted months ahead of time by using satellite images to monitor surges in vegetation that boost mouse populations, a University of Utah study says.

NASA has rescheduled the news conference about the Stardust-NExT comet flyby for 12:30 pm PST (3:30 pm EST) today.

NASA and the US Department of the Interior presented the 2010 William T Pecora group award to the US Air Force Eagle Vision program Tuesday at a Pentagon ceremony.

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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