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2015-05-02 13:09:18

NASA sounding rocket was launched towards a supernova remnant, with the goal of examining the X-rays emitted by the object to determine the composition of this 20,000-year-old explosion’s debris.

2014-11-05 08:32:53

As the investigation into last week’s failure of the Orbital Sciences Antares rocket continued on Wednesday, the Dulles, Virginia-based firm announced revised plans to complete cargo deliveries to the ISS under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services.

2014-10-30 06:01:55

As day one of the investigation of the explosion of an Orbital Science’s Antares rocket wrapped up Wednesday evening, reports surfaced that the company already had plans to retire the five-decade old engines used to power the launch vehicle.

orbibtal explosion
2014-10-29 08:55:29

An unmanned commercial rocket built by Orbital Sciences, on a mission to carry supplies to the International Space Station, exploded seconds after lifting off Tuesday evening at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia.

2014-10-28 20:21:05

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ahead of the third U.S.

2014-10-22 20:20:25

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Orbital Sciences Corp. will launch its next mission to resupply the International Space Station Monday, Oct.

2014-09-23 11:15:52

The Dragon commercial cargo craft has completed a two day trip to the International Space Station after launching early Sunday morning.

Expedition 40 Soyuz TMA-12M Landing
2014-09-11 00:20:11

Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth Wednesday after 169 days of science and technology research in space, including a record 82 hours of research in a single week, which happened in July.

Latest Cygnus Reference Libraries

2006-03-06 17:19:35

The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a common Eurasian member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. Distribution This bird is found mainly in temperate areas of Europe and western Asia. It is not normally migratory, but some populations are forced to move in winter when waterways and lakes freeze. They are sometimes found at the coast, particularly in winter, rather than solely being birds of inland waters. For aesthetic reasons, this species is often kept in captivity in areas...

2006-03-06 17:07:40

The Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family, Anatidae. It is a waterbird found throughout South America - in Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and on the Falkland Islands. In winter, this bird migrates northwards to Paraguay and southern Brazil. The Laguna Blanca National Park in Argentina is a protected home of the swan.

2006-03-06 17:02:19

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is an Australian waterbird and a member of the duck, goose, and swan family, Anatidae. Black swans are found in throughout Australia. Prior to the arrival of the Māori a sub-species, the New Zealand Swan used to live in New Zealand. This was hunted to extinction. More recently however, both introductions by Europeans and probable natural migration have helped these birds to re-establish themselves in New Zealand again. The adult bird weighs up to 20...

2006-03-06 16:48:32

Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii) is a small European swan sometimes considered a subspecies of the Whistling Swan, forming the species Tundra Swan. It is named after the engraver Thomas Bewick who specialized in illustrations of birds and animals. Bewick's is the smallest of the three European swans, at 115-127cm length and a 170-195cm wingspan. It is similar in appearance to the Whooper Swan only smaller, shorter-necked and with a more rounded head shape, with variable bill pattern, but...

2006-03-06 16:27:43

The Whistling Swan (Cygnus columbianus) is a small North American swan sometimes considered conspecific with Bewick's Swan to form the species Tundra Swan. The Whistling Swan breeds in arctic Alaska and Canada and spends its winters in the coastal USA. It is easiliy distinguished from Bewick's Swan by its largely black bill with a small yellow spot of variable size at the base. The name comes from the sound made by its large powerful wings when this bird is in flight, which emit a...

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Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.