Space News Archive - May 29, 2012

CryoSat Maps The Ocean Floor

CryoSat was launched in 2010 to measure sea-ice thickness in the Arctic, but data from the Earth-observing satellite have also been exploited for other studies.

Newly Found Asteroid Passes Earth At Safe Distance

In the early hours Tuesday morning a newly-discovered asteroid whizzed by Earth at a relatively safe distance of 14,000 miles, also posing no danger to communication satellites in orbit.

Be Prepared For Manhattanhenge! May 29-20

On Tuesday evening, residences and onlookers in Manhattan will be treated to a sunset spectacle known as Manhattanhenge.


NASA has been in the field of space sciences for 53-years, but the space agency may be diving into the world of cosmetics unexpectedly.

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.