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Space News Archive - January 13, 2012

First Galileo Satellite GIOVE-A Reaches Sixth Anniversary

British satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) on Thursday celebrated the sixth year of transmission of signals from its GIOVE-A satellite

Image 1 - Astronomers Release Unprecedented Data Set On Celestial Objects That Brighten And Dim

Astronomers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of Arizona have released the largest data set ever collected that documents the brightening and dimming of stars and other celestial objects—two hundred million in total.

Station To Perform Debris Avoidance Maneuver Friday

International Space Station crew members are set to maneuver the space lab out of the way of an orbiting piece of space debris left over from a 2009 collision of two satellites.

NASA And Students To Announce Names For Moon Probes

NASA will host a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to announce the names selected from a nationwide student contest for twin spacecraft that will study the moon in unprecedented detail.

The relocation of the RS-25D space shuttle main engine inventory from Kennedy Space Center's Engine Shop in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is underway.

A test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft soon will make a cross-country journey, giving residents in three states the chance to see a full scale test version of the vehicle that will take humans into deep space.

Some Comets Like It Hot

Comets are icy and fragile. They spend most of their time orbiting through the dark outskirts of the solar system safe from destructive rays of intense sunlight. The deepest cold is their natural habitat.

China And India To Help Build Thirty Meter Telescope In Hawaii

China and India are moving forward to join as partners to help build the world's largest telescope in Hawaii. The two countries plan to share the cost of the construction for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano.

Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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