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Space News Archive - May 24, 2011

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Expedition 27 Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Monday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

NASA will host a media teleconference at 3:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 24, to discuss an agency decision that will define the next transportation system to carry humans into deep space.

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Weather permitting, San Francisco Bay Area residents will have two good opportunities to see the International Space Station and space shuttle Endeavour during its final flight as they pass overhead at approximately 5:15 am PDT on Friday, May 27 and again at 4:27 am PDT on Sunday, May 29.

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NASA's twin lunar probes have arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for a launch in late summer.

The NASA National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) climate and weather satellite has successfully passed all environmental testing with the recent completion of thermal vacuum testing at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp's production and test facility in Boulder, Colo.

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As Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano spews ash high into the atmosphere, satellite observations are providing essential information to advisory centers assessing the possible hazards to aviation.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has concluded its review of the UK spaceplane concept and found nothing keeping it from continuing on.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist or an astronaut to work for NASA.

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A local supernova factory has recently started production, according to a wealth of new data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory on the Carina Nebula.

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NASA said on Tuesday that astronauts will try a new set of exercises to prepare them for the change in pressure they encounter on their spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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