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Space News Archive - April 30, 2012

Image 1 - 'Freedom Star' Shuttle Booster Recovery Ship To Follow SpaceX Launch

The SCIFLI (Scientifically Calibrated In Flight Imagery) team, based at NASA's Langley Research Center In Hampton, Va., is preparing to capture high definition video and thermal imagery of the SpaceX launch as the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon capsule climb through the atmosphere on their way to the International Space Station.

Landsat Captures Texas 'Crop Circles'

A water-rich polka dot pattern takes over the traditional rectangular patchwork of fields in this time series animation of 40 years of Landsat images.

MetOp-B Launch Postponed

Eumetsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) have been informed by the launch service provider, Starsem, that the launch of the MetOp-B satellite by a Soyuz rocket, scheduled for 23 May from Baikonur, had to be postponed.

The second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) has been rescheduled for a liftoff on Monday, May 7.

NASA has selected ten proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue work on innovative technologies that could advance future missions.

Astronomers Find Arsenic And Selenium In Milky Way's Halo

Astronomers have detected the presence of arsenic and selenium, neighboring elements near the middle of the periodic table, in an ancient star in the faint stellar halo that surrounds the Milky Way.

Russia Announces Manned Moon Mission By 2030

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, announced this past weekend that it is planning to send a manned mission to the moon by 2030, reports RIA Novosti.

Image 1 - Astronomers Discover Radio Waves From Brown Dwarf

Penn State University astronomers have discovered record-breaking radio waves from an ultra-cool star that is not much warmer than the planet Jupiter.

China Successfully Launches Two Navigation Satellites

Xinhua reported on Monday that China has successfully launched two satellites into space for its Beidou global navigation and positioning network.

Chandra Reveals Outburst From Old Black Holes

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have found evidence for a population of old stellar black holes. The discovery provides new insight into the nature of stellar black holes, which is a class that can produce as much energy in X-rays as what a million suns could radiate at all wavelengths.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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