Space News Archive - May 13, 2011

Reporters are invited to cover space shuttle Atlantis' final planned move from its processing hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building, on Tuesday, May 17, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA will hold a news briefing on Tuesday, May 17, at 1 pm EDT, on the agency's next Earth-observing satellite mission, Aquarius/SAC-D, scheduled to launch on June 9.


The Spacecraft Assembly Facility of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif, was constructed in 1961 to support NASA's Ranger and Mariner missions to the moon, Venus and Mars.


MPs said that deep-funding cuts put the UK's prominence in astronomy and particle physics at risk.


The crew for space shuttle Endeavour's final launch returned to the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday to prepare for a second launch attempt to the International Space Station.

NASA has selected 16 payloads for flights on the commercial Zero-G parabolic aircraft and two suborbital reusable launch vehicles as part of the agency's Flight Opportunities Program.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.