Space News Archive - May 22, 2012

SpaceX Finally Finds Success With Tuesday's Launch

The Dragon capsule began its journey towards the International Space Station at 3:44am Tuesday morning, lifting off from Cape Canaveral after having been delayed for weeks from its originally planned departure.

Cassini Spots Tiny Moon Methone

NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its closest approach to Saturn's tiny moon Methone as part of a trajectory that will take it on a close flyby of another of Saturn's moons, Titan.

NASA released Monday an updated version of the free NASA App for iPhone and iPod touch.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will address media representatives at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:00 a.m. EDT following Tuesday's SpaceX NASA demonstration flight launch to the International Space Station.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule, which on Tuesday became the first commercially developed and built spacecraft to launch to the International Space Station, is carrying among its cargo a suite of 15 science experiments designed by students.

US Not Losing Its Foothold In Earth Observing Satellites, Only Shifting Power

Speculations are emerging that the U.S. may be losing its foothold in Earth observing satellites technology, however, the one thing these reports fail to account for is the up-and-coming commercialized space industry.

International Space Station crew members will answer questions from reporters following the scheduled hatch opening of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.

NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) of Houston will fund 29 proposals to help investigate questions about astronaut health and performance on future deep space exploration missions.

Head Of Alien Hunting Organization Stepping Down From The Throne

Astronomer Jill Tarter, who has been heading up the SETI Institute for 35 years, will be giving up the reigns of the alien hunting organization to a colleague.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.