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Space News Archive - May 18, 2011

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As microbreweries fight to establish the best-flavored brew, Australian brewers are fighting the laws of physics to become the first beer in space.

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At 6:14 am EDT, Commander Mark Kelly backed space shuttle Endeavour into pressurized mating adapter 2 on the International Space Station’s Harmony node.

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On Monday’s final launch of the NASA shuttle Endeavour, the tardigrade once again got a ride into space on a new mission: to help scientists understand more about how this extremely hardy organism can survive for short periods in outer space.

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Paul G Dembling, co-author of the legislation that founded NASA, died on Monday, May 16, in Florida.

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After a brief postponement due to some electrical problems on the space shuttle Endeavour, the latest Earth vs Space chess match is now under way.

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NASA said on Wednesday that astronomers have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in space.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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