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Space News Archive - January 11, 2012

Image 1 - Telescopes Pinpoint Black Hole's Outburst

An international team of astronomers has identified the moment when a black hole in our galaxy launched super-fast knots of gas into space.

Image 1 - Fermi Explores New Energy Extremes

After more than three years in space, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is extending its view of the high-energy sky into a largely unexplored electromagnetic range.

New Spitzer Image Shows Space Nursery

The stars we see today weren't always as serene as they appear, floating alone in the dark of night. Most stars, likely including our sun, grew up in cosmic turmoil - as illustrated in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Russia Hints US May Be Behind Recent Satellite Failures

A series of Russian satellite failures over the past year may be due to sabotage by foreign nations, Russia’s space chief said on Tuesday in remarks that seemed to be directed at the United States.

Richard Garriott - Man on a Mission

A new documentary opening on Friday, January 13, called "Man on a Mission" features Richard Garriott, who became the sixth civilian in space after spending $30 million on a ride aboard Soyuz to the International Space Station

NASA's Third Rock Radio Rocks Smartphones

NASA's Third Rock Radio just got mobile. Updates to the NASA App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android now include a feature to listen to the agency's new online alternative rock radio station.

NASA has selected a.i. solutions Inc. of Lanham, Md., to receive a contract award that will enable the agency's Launch Services Program (LSP) to provide integrated services for the preparation and launch of NASA's next generation of scientific and exploration spacecraft.

Image 1 - New Images Show Stardust In Nearby Galaxies

The cold dust that builds blazing stars is revealed in new images that combine observations from the Herschel Space Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Could A Two Sun System Support A Habitable Planet Or Moon?

A team of University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) astrophysicists are suggesting that a habitable Earth-like planet could exist in a distant solar system recently discovered by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.

New WISE Image Captures Cosmic Star Birth

A new, large mosaic from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) showcases a vast stretch of cosmic clouds bubbling with new star birth.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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