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Space News Archive - May 16, 2012

Andre Kuipers Serves As World Ambassador For WWF

Observing Earth from far above, ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers is acting as a world ambassador for the WWF, which issued its flagship publication the Living Planet Report on May 15.

Chandra Captures Supernova Shock Wave

Observations with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have provided the first X-ray evidence of a supernova shock wave breaking through a cocoon of gas surrounding the star that exploded.

NASA Test Drives Rover To Prepare For Mars Exploration

Members from NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission preformed a “test drive” of the a Mars rover in Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert last week.

ESO Takes A Deeper Look At Centaurus A Galaxy

The strange galaxy Centaurus A is pictured in a new image from the European Southern Observatory (ESO). With a total exposure time of more than 50 hours this is probably the deepest view of this peculiar and spectacular object ever created.

Do you want to learn more about science and technology accomplishments on the International Space Station?

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., invites the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.