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Station Crew Completes Spacewalk
Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Science Officer John Phillips closed the airlock hatch of the Pirs docking compartment at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday [Aug. 18], ending a successful spacewalk on the International Space Station - NASA
No Shuttle Flights Until 2006
The space shuttle will not fly again until at least 4 March 2006, NASA confirmed today [Aug. 18]. Extensive engineering work needs to be done on the external fuel tank to stop insulating foam debris falling off, the agency said - Nature
Krikalev Sets Time-In-Space Record
Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev became the human with the most cumulative time in space early today [Aug. 16]. At 1:44 a.m. EDT he passed the record of 748 days held by Sergei Avdeyev. "You'll have to congratulate me every day from now on," Krikalev told Mission Control Moscow - NASA
‘Tenth Planet’ May Be Bigger Than Expected
An observational error may have understated the size of the tenth planet – if "planet" is in fact what astronomers finally decide to call it - New Scientist
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Saturn’s Rings Have Own Atmosphere
Data from the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft indicate that Saturn's majestic ring system has its own atmosphere - separate from that of the planet itself - ESA
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A Bar At The Heart Of The Milky Way
The Milky Way may be our own galactic neighborhood, but it still has some surprises in store. To wit: the most comprehensive structural analysis of the galaxy ever conducted indicates that ours is not a run-of-the-mill spiral one after all - Scientific American
Asteroid Apophis Set For A Makeover
Astronomers name the asteroid that will sweep past Earth in 2029 and suggest how Earth's gravity may alter the space rock - Astronomy
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Black Holes Born Through A Brutal Labour
Black hole births are messy, chaotic events that take place in fits and starts and can take up to a day, suggest new observations from NASA's Swift spacecraft - New Scientist
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched on Aug. 12, has completed one of the first tasks of its seven-month cruise to Mars, a calibration activity for the spacecraft's Mars Color Imager instrument - NASA/JPL
History’s Greatest Comet Hunter Discovers 1000th Comet
On 5 August 2005, the ESA/NASA SOHO spacecraft achieved an incredible milestone - the discovery of its 1000th comet! - ESA
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