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Space News Archive - April 22, 2012

Shell Degradation Cause Of DARPA Hypersonic Vehicle Flight Abort

An experimental hypersonic glider was forced to abort its 13,000 mph flight over the Pacific Ocean during the summer of 2011 because larger than expected portions of its skin peeled off.

New Space Venture Will Be Mining Operation, Say Reports

A former NASA astronaut, the cofounders of Google, and a well-known Hollywood filmmaker are among those lending their support for a forthcoming startup that will attempt to mine asteroids for metals and other raw materials.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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