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Space News Archive - May 07, 2012

Boeing Tests Parachute System For CST-100 Spacecraft

The Boeing Company successfully completed the second parachute drop test for its Crew Space Transportation (CST) spacecraft May 2, part of its effort to develop commercial crew transportation capabilities that could ferry U.S. astronauts to and from low Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station.

Spotlight on Sentinel-2

The vast potential of ESA’s upcoming Sentinel-2 satellites came into focus last week at a symposium in Italy on how they will benefit current and future projects that exploit Earth observation data.

Supermoon Of 2012 Becomes Global Event

This weekend's highly-anticipated supermoon was the featured attraction for thousands of people worldwide, as the once-a-year event caused skygazers and amateur photographers to flock to key viewing sites for a look at the astronomical phenomenon.

SpaceX Test Launch Rescheduled For May 19

The need for further review of the company's flight software has forced SpaceX to delay the test flight of their commercial Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) until at least May 19.

Terraforming Landscape For A Robotic Rover

Challenged to design a background for a small rover controlled from space, students in Germany have delivered a futuristic cityscape. The cool space art will be seen by astronauts in orbit via the rover’s camera eye as they remotely control their avatar later this year.

Two Different Sources for Supernova, Both Models Are Correct

Two very different models explain the possible origin of Type Ia supernovae, and different studies support each model. New evidence shows that both models are correct - some of these supernovae are created one way and some the other.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.