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Space News Archive - July 23, 2012

Meteorites Hold Secrets Of Earth's Formation

Scientists attempting to better understand the formation and the present-day layering of planet Earth have turned to ancient meteorites, which they say could hold important clues to some of the Solar System's earliest chemical processes.

Maritime Traffic Monitoring Satellite Launched Sunday

A probe that is being touted as the "highest detection performance commercial Automatic Identification System (AIS) satellite ever built" was successfully launched into a sun-synchronous polar orbit on Sunday.

NASA Launches Experimental Heat Shield Capsule

An rocket carrying an experimental project blasted off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this morning just after 7 a.m. EST.

NASA astronaut Joe Acaba will host a two-hour special radio broadcast on the Internet radio station Third Rock Radio while aboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above Earth.

President Obama has named six NASA individuals as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

What’s That Smell? Space of Course!

While most of us on Earth are more curious about what it’s like working in an environment without gravity, a new curious element of the abyss has risen up. What is that smell?

Great Idea Had by The Sun

A light bulb-shaped eruption leaps from the Sun and blasts into space in this archival image from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, SOHO.

IGARSS Begins In Munich This Week

World-class scientists, engineers and educators have gathered in Munich, Germany, this week to discuss the latest developments in remote sensing and exchange ideas with other members of the international scientific community.

Sally Ride Dead At 61 Years Old

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has taken her final journey, passing on at the young age of 61 years old.

Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.