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Space News Archive - May 09, 2012

Next Soyuz Crew Prepares For Launch

The next residents of the International Space Station are making final preparations for a May 14 launch and NASA Television will provide live coverage of launch and docking.

Keeping Immune Cells Alive And Kicking Onboard The Space Station

New results from research on the International Space Station are offering clues on why astronauts’ immune systems don’t work as well in space. The findings may benefit the elderly on Earth.

NASA Announces Retirement of TDRS-4 Communications Satellite

After more than two decades of service, NASA on Wednesday announced that their Tracking and Data Relay Satellite 4 (TDRS-4) had completed its mission and was being retired from active service.

NASA Testing Orion Spacecraft Ahead of Proposed 2014 Test Flight

A multi-purpose NASA spacecraft originally designed as part of the cancelled Constellation program is currently undergoing rigorous testing in preparation for a scheduled 2014 test flight, the US space agency has announced.

SpaceX Crew Accommodations Systems Receives NASA Approval

Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) Dragon capsule has received NASA approval for their crew accommodations system, bringing the private-sector firm's spacecraft one step closer to a commercial test flight, the US space agency announced Tuesday.

Is The Possibly Of New Life Forms Really So Alien?

The idea of discovering a new form of life has not only excited astronomers and astrobiologists for decades, but also the wider public.

Larry Nittler, a staff scientist in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, has been named deputy principal investigator of the MESSENGER mission.

ESA Declares End To Lost Envisat's Mission

After spending more than 10 years in space, orbiting the Earth more than 50,000 times, Envisat’s mission has ended, according to a report from ESA today.

Messier 55's Vast Ball Of Stars Imaged By ESO's VISTA

A new image of Messier 55 from ESO's VISTA infrared survey telescope shows tens of thousands of stars crowded together like a swarm of bees.

Black Holes Stop Star Births In Galaxies

Astronomers have found that a number of stars that form during the early lives of galaxies may be influenced by the massive black holes in the center of the celestial suburb.