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Space News Archive - May 31, 2012

Rosetta Studies Complex History Of Asteroid Lutetia

The long and tumultuous history of asteroid (21) Lutetia is revealed by a comprehensive analysis of the data gathered by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft when it flew past this large main-belt asteroid on 10 July 2010.

Arctic Bacteria Help In The Search To Find Life On Europa

In a fjord in Canada scientists have found a landscape similar to one of Jupiter's icy moons: Europa. It consists of a frozen and sulphurous environment, where sulphur associated with Arctic bacteria offer clues for the upcoming missions in the search for traces of life on Europa.

André Kuipers: Space Is Much More Fun Than Earth

Eighty tweeps came to ESA’s technical center in the Netherlands on May 29 to talk to ESA astronaut André Kuipers in a live video call to the International Space Station.

SMOS Images Europe’s Dry Soils From Space

The trend of below-average rainfall across Europe has continued into the first months of 2012. ESA’s SMOS water mission has revealed the negative consequences of this recent bout of ‘good’ weather.

NuSTAR Being Prepped For Launch

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is being prepared for the final journey to its launch pad on Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX Dragon Capsule On Its Way Back To Earth

SpaceX can add another gold star to its report card after its Dragon cargo vessel successfully undocked from the International Space Station early Thursday, now ready for its return journey back to Earth after spending a week attached to the orbiting lab.

Future Tourism Spacecraft Receives FAA Permit

Space tourism just received one giant leg up by the U.S. government as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Virgin Galactic an experimental launch permit for its SpaceShipTwo.

Dragon Capsule Comes Home, Mission Complete

SpaceX had an ideal ending to its Dragon capsule mission as the spacecraft zipped safely back through Earth's atmosphere and into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.

X-37B

The super-secret Air Force spaceplane that has been orbiting the Earth for over a year is coming in for a landing in June.

Word of the Day
lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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