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Space News Archive - April 19, 2012

NASA Satellite Movie Shows Great Plains Tornado Outbreak From Space

Satellite data gives forecasters a leg up on severe weather. NASA has just released an animation of visible and infrared satellite data showing the development and movement of the Great Plains tornado outbreak, using data from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite.

Space Technology Landing At Hanover Messe Trade Fair

Propelling the Ariane 5 rocket into space, the Vulcain engine truly reflects Europe’s impressive aerospace achievements. The giant engine will flag ‘ESA Space Apps’ at this year’s Hannover Messe trade fair showcasing impressive space technology spin-offs and their terrestrial potential.

Dawn Gets Extra Time To Explore Vesta

NASA's Dawn mission has received official confirmation that 40 extra days have been added to its exploration of the giant asteroid Vesta, the second most massive object in the main asteroid belt.

NASA will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day this week with several live and online activities to engage the public about the agency's mission to use space to explore and better understand our planet.

Scientists Weed Out 15-Year-Old Theory On Cosmic Rays

Researchers using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory have taken the first steps to determine how the highest energy cosmic rays are produced.

Robots Required In Hunt For ET, Engineer Suggests

A Penn State engineer suggests that finding and identifying extraterrestrial life may require a big leap in robotics.

Charles Bolden Speech Gives Hope For Future Of NASA

When I tell someone that I was at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, they assume that it's a fancy way of saying I attended a Star Trek Convention. Little do they know, it is at this event where Star Trek fantasies are overshadowed by actual reality.

NASA Taking Over Command Of Four NOAA Satellites

A Senate subcommittee has approved a bill that would see four satellites being moved from the responsibility of the National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) to NASA.

NASA has selected DynCorp International LLC of Ft. Worth, Texas, to provide aircraft maintenance and operational support services under a contract potentially worth $176.9 million.

NASA's Space Technology Program has awarded Space System/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., a $3 million contract to initiate the process of hosting a space laser communications relay demonstration terminal payload aboard a Loral commercial satellite, which launches in 2016.

Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.