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Space News Archive - January 29, 2012

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Experts claim that approximately 50 million objects pass by our planet each day.

solar eclipse

On Sunday, May 20th, the sun is going to turn into a ring of fire. It's an annular solar eclipse--the first one in the USA in almost 18 years.

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An international team of atmospheric scientists and oceanographers set out to investigate the mystery.

Vega VV01

Final preparations are in full swing for the rocket’s inaugural flight from Europe’s Spaceport.

Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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