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Space News Archive - January 09, 2012

Second Attempt May Be Made At Failed Phobos-Grunt Mission

Despite the failure of the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which could fall back to Earth early next week, Russian space officials say that they would like a second crack at sending a probe to the Mars moon.

Moon Mineral Discovered In Western Australia

An Australian paleontologist has discovered a mineral, long thought to be found only on the moon, in a billion-year-old rock formation in Western Australia.

Are We Still Alone? Scientists Analyze First Kepler Scans

The SETI project, which has begun its first analyses of the scans of 86 exoplanets uncovered by the Kepler Space Telescope, has found the first batch of hits within the data stream.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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