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Space News Archive - January 14, 2012

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's LAMP Reveals Lunar Surface Features

New maps produced by the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal features at the Moon's northern and southern poles in regions that lie in perpetual darkness.

Beginning Feb. 17, 2012, NASA Television’s Public and Media channels will transmit their respective content in high definition.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will speak at the 44th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service on Monday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. EST at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Bolden will give brief remarks and bring greetings from President Obama.

Phobos-Grunt Expected To Return To Earth This Weekend

The Russian probe that has been stranded in Earth's orbit since its November launch is expected to return to Earth within the next few days.

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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