Space News Archive - January 17, 2012

Planck's HFI Completes Survey Of Early Universe

The High Frequency Instrument on ESA's Planck mission has completed its survey of the remnant light from the Big Bang. The sensor ran out of coolant on Saturday as expected, ending its ability to detect this faint energy.

SpaceX Dragon Launch Postponed

Private rocket-building firm SpaceX announced that it is delaying its first launch attempt to send its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS), saying the spacecraft needs more work before it is ready for liftoff.

Russia Blaming U.S. Radar For Phobos-Grunt Failure

Russia said on Tuesday that radiation from U.S. radar is most likely to blame for causing the Phobos-Grunt probe to fail its mission to Mars.

Obama Administration Expected To Announce Space-Arms Initiative

Washington insiders say that the White House plans to launch a new international space arms-control initiative that critics in the Pentagon and State Department have alleged will hamper America’s military activities in space.

Montana Students Pick Winning Names For GRAIL Mission Spacecraft

Twin NASA spacecraft that achieved orbit around the moon New Year's Eve and New Year's Day have new names, thanks to elementary students in Bozeman, Mont. Their winning entry, "Ebb and Flow," was selected as part of a nationwide school contest that began in October 2011.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.