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Space News Archive - July 25, 2012

Russia Considering Cooperation In JUICE Jupiter Mission

The Russian space agency is considering participating in a developing project to send a spacecraft to Jupiter.

China Olympics Traffic Measures Reduce Carbon Emissions

A new NASA-funded study of the impacts of China's traffic restrictions for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing shows how widespread changes in transportation patterns could greatly reduce the threat of climate change.

Odyssey Repositioned To Transmit Curiosity Landing To NASA

In preparation for the upcoming Curiosity rover landing on the Red Planet, the Mars orbiter Odyssey has successfully repositioned itself into an orbital location that will allow for prompt confirmation to Earth of a successful landing.

Felix Baumgartner To Make 17-Mile Freefall

Daredevil extraordinaire Felix Baumgartner has spent years planning a jump that would take him into the record books as the only man to ever freefall from the edge of space, but before he can accomplish that hair-raising feat he will first need to make a final test fall from 17 miles -- no small leap of faith in its own right.

ESA Retires GIOVE-B After Four Years Of Service

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Tuesday that it has retired its GIOVE-B experimental navigation satellite.

Particle Physics Mission Celebrates One Year In Space

Physicists around the world are celebrating the one year anniversary of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS).

Felix Baumgartner Completes Freefall From 18 Miles

After two rescheduled attempts to jump from near the edge of space, Felix Baumgartner finally lifted off this morning, rising to more than 96,000 feet in a pressurized capsule, carried by a 55-story tall balloon, and then stepped out into the clear blue heavens and dropped like rock.

Mars Express Supporting NASA During 'Seven Minutes Of Terror' Mars Landing

One of the most complicated landings ever performed on Mars will be taking place 354-million-miles away on August 5 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and it will be supported by the European Space Agency's Mars Express.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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