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Space News Archive - July 24, 2012

Time-Lapse Video Captures Beauty On Earth And In The Sky

There is a sensation that I may never be able to experience in my life, but one video showing off images taken from the International Space Station gets me just a little closer to being in space.

Landsat Celebrates 40 Years And Counting

Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the Landsat program, the world's longest-running Earth-observing satellite program.

NASA will exercise the fourth one-year option on a contract with Computer Sciences Corp. of Lanham, Md., to provide supercomputing support services at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The option is valued at about $60.3 million.

NASA soon will open a new chapter of discovery using enhanced Landsat Earth-observing data in a state-of-the-art, high-performance computing and data access facility called NASA Earth Exchange (NEX).

Progress Resupply Vessel Fails To Dock With ISS

Russia’ Progress M-15M cargo ship, which had been docked with the International Space Station (ISS) since late April, has failed to re-dock with the orbiting lab during a test of new docking gear for Russian flights, according to US and Russian space agencies on Tuesday.

NASA Supercomputer Facility To Provide Enhanced Landsat Data

A new NASA supercomputer will help take the space agency into a new chapter of discovery through enhanced Landsat observations.

Astronomers Locate Gamma-ray Pulsar With The Hiccups

A special gamma-ray pulsar with the hiccups has been discovered by researchers from the Max Planck Institutes for Gravitational Physics and Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) using data constructed from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

Hot Towers Indicated Typhoon Vicente's Rapid Intensification Sighted By NASA

Hurricane Season 2012: Typhoon Vicente (Western North Pacific Ocean)

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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