Space News Archive - May 20, 2011


When NASA's Opportunity Mars rover uses an onboard navigation capability during backward drives, it leaves a distinctive pattern in the wheel tracks visible on the Martian ground.


A faulty CO2 sensor has cut short the first spacewalk of the shuttle Endeavour astronauts.

His Holiness the Pope will talk with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station from the Vatican Library on Saturday, 21 May.

Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly and mission specialist Mike Fincke, who are aboard the International Space Station, will speak with students from Mesa Verde Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz, on Sunday, May 22.

"Bring It Back," a small and inexpensive microgravity spaceflight kit, has won the do-it-yourself technology and education space competition sponsored by NASA and MAKE Magazine.


An international team, including NASA-funded researchers, using radio telescopes located throughout the Southern Hemisphere has produced the most detailed image of particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy.

NASA will give 150 of its Twitter followers a front-row seat at the historic final space shuttle launch.

Word of the Day
  • The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried.
  • In medicine, cauterization.
The word 'adustion' comes from the Latin 'adustio', 'burning'.