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Space News Archive - May 25, 2012

Landsat Contest Offers View Of Local Landscape Change From Space

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States' Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes.

Tiny Planet-Finding Mirrors Borrow From Webb's Playbook

NASA's next flagship mission — the James Webb Space Telescope — will carry the largest primary mirror ever deployed. This segmented behemoth will unfold to 21.3 feet in diameter once the observatory reaches its orbit in 2018.

Carbon Detected In Martian Meteorites

Carbon, a building block for creating life, has been detected in a Martian meteorite that landed on Earth, according to a Carnegie Institution for Science study.

NASA selected URS Corporation of Orlando, Fla., to perform architecture and engineering studies and provide designs and other professional services to replace and restore bridges at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Boeing Company has successfully completed a new milestone in the development of software that will operate its Crew Space Transportation (CST) spacecraft.

NASA will host a Science Update Thursday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. EDT to discuss new Hubble Space Telescope observations that allow astronomers to predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our entire galaxy, sun, and solar system.

For the first time, ‘space’ will be the main theme of the Ecsite annual conference that opens this year in Toulouse, France, on 31 May.

Future Mars Mission Submissions Pour In To NASA

NASA said it has received 400 mission concepts from scientists and engineers for a future Mars mission. Scientists and engineers submitted their ideas to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop in Houston.

Scientist Guesses Asteroid's Weight, Millions Of Miles Away

A NASA scientist would be a shoe-in at any state or county fair if hosting the "guess your weight" game. Steve Chesley of JPL's Near-Earth Object Program Office has accurately determine the mass of an asteroid from millions of miles away.

SpaceX Makes History With Dragon Docking

SpaceX made history today as its Dragon capsule became the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station.

Word of the Day
whirret
  • To give a box on the ear to.
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