Space News Archive - January 27, 2012


Jerry Ross, the first person to launch into space seven times, has retired from NASA.


The Kepler Space Telescope (KST), NASA’s planet-hunting observatory, has discovered 26 confirmed planets within 11 new solar systems.


Two teenagers attached a Lego figurine replete with maple leaf flag to a helium balloon, which they sent 80,000 feet into the air.


An asteroid about the size of a bus flew past Earth on Friday at a distance within about 36,750 miles.

Word of the Day
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.