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Space News Archive - April 12, 2012

Learn To Dock An ATV The Astronaut Way

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? ESA is making actual astronaut training available on your computer and tablet, so you can see for yourself.

International Day Of Human Space Flight

Today marks a day that is epic in every sense of the word as April 12th is known as International Day of Human Space Flight.

Comets Collide To Create Dust Belt

The ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory has been studying the dust near the star Fomalhaut and has found the surrounding dust appears to have come from the dust of destroyed comets.

Highly Advanced Killer Dinosaurs On Other Planets?

What was old is once new again, as a new study discusses the possibility of advanced, cunning, and intelligent dinosaur-like creatures living on other planets in our universe.

Dying Stars Are The Building Blocks Of Future Planets

Scientists report in a new study that they have solved a long-standing mystery about how dying stars release their precious matter, compounds that are an important ingredient in the building blocks of future planets.

ESA Loses Contact With Envisat

Controllers from the European Space Agency (ESA) have lost communication with the space agency's flagship Earth observation mission known as Envisat.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will provide remarks next week at the 28th Annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel, located at 1 Lake Ave. in Colorado Springs.

Image 1 - Dragon Expected To Set Historic Course

The upcoming launch of a SpaceX spacecraft and rocket on a demonstration flight to the International Space Station is expected to cross a key milestone on the path to operational, commercial missions.

Image 1 - Astronomers Use ALMA To Dissect Nearby Planetary System

Astronomers have made a breakthrough discovery in understanding a nearby planetary system, giving clues about how these systems form and evolve.

Space Scotch? New ISS Study To Focus On Whiskey Maturation Process

Scotch and malt whiskey connoisseurs should take note of a new experiment en route to the International Space Station (ISS): a study that will gauge the effect of zero gravity on the maturing process of the popular alcoholic beverage.

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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