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Space News Archive - May 05, 2011

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NASA’s Gravity Probe B (GP-B) has produced astonishing new confirmation of two key predictions derived from Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which the spacecraft was designed to assess.

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Early Wednesday in the skies over Mojave Air and Spaceport CA, the world’s first commercial spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, made a milestone glide-test flight and demonstrated its unique reentry ‘feather’ configuration for the first time.

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Whenever someone proposes to do something that has never been done before, there will always be skeptics.

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The team exploring Mars via NASA's Opportunity rover for the past seven years has informally named a Martian crater for the Mercury spacecraft that astronaut Alan Shepard christened Freedom 7.

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You may have heard the news: Comet Elenin is coming to the inner-solar system this fall.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued this statement Thursday, May 5, about the 50th anniversary of United States human spaceflight.

NASA has selected three science investigations for a potential 2016 mission that would look at Mars' interior for the first time; study an extraterrestrial ocean on one of Saturn's moons; and study in unprecedented detail the surface of a comet's nucleus.

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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