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Space News Archive - January 10, 2012

NASA Completes Orion Drop Testing

After six months of testing, an 18,000 pound (8,165 kg) Orion mockup took its final splash into NASA Langley Research Center's Hydro Impact Basin on Jan. 6.

Image 1 - A Year Of Achievement And Success For James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope marked a year of significant progress in 2011 as it continues to come together as NASA's next generation space telescope.

Overview Of ESA activities In 2012 Of Interest To Media

Dark Matter Mapped On Largest Scale Observed

Astronomers from the University of British Columbia and University of Edinburgh have mapped dark matter on the largest scale ever observed.

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding the ownership of early space exploration mementos and artifacts.

NASA's Space Technology Program is looking for far-out ideas. The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC, program is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions.

Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer Completes Mission Operations

After 16 years in space, NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) has made its last observation. The satellite provided unprecedented views into the extreme environments around white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes.

Mirror Casting Event For Giant Magellan Telescope

On January 14, 2012, the second 8.4-meter (27.6 ft) diameter mirror for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be cast inside a rotating furnace at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory Mirror Lab (SOML) underneath the campus football stadium.

Image 1 - NASA Radar To Study Hawaii's Most Active Volcano

An airborne radar developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has returned to Hawaii to continue its study of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii's current most active volcano.

Image 1 - El Gordo - Largest Galaxy Cluster In The Early Universe

An extremely hot, massive young galaxy cluster — the largest ever seen in the distant Universe — has been studied by an international team using ESO’s Very Large Telescope along with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Atacama Cosmology Telescope.

Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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