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Here's a look back at the nine best spaceflight stories of 2009

9. Stephen Colbert Reaches Space (sort of)
Early in 2009, NASA faced a surprising, if hilarious, challenger this year in the form of comedian Stephen Colbert. As host of the faux conservative television news show "The Colbert Report," Colbert urged his online fandom to use a write-in option for a NASA naming contest involving a new International Space Station module. He amassed 230,000 votes ... and won.

8. Japan Leaps Onto the Spaceship Scene

Japan flexed its space power by launching its first space freighter to ISS in 2009, and in doing so offered a
new spacecraft for the upcoming post-shuttle era. The unmanned - and disposable - H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV) launched in September atop a brand-new H-2B rocket and required the first-ever capture of a free-flying spacecraft by the space station. Astronauts the station's robotic arm to pluck grab the cargo ship and attach it to their outpost during its maiden voyage. The HTV also represents the only freighter currently capable of delivering cargo for use inside the space station, as well as exterior platform experiments.

7. Space Population Boom, then Bust

The 11-year-old International Space Station hit its highest crew — six people — and then dipped down to a skeleton crew of two during the course of the year. It also experienced temporary crowding to reach its highest occupancy ever  (13 people) when seven astronauts from NASA's shuttle Endeavour joined the six-man crew aboard the space station in June.Such boom-bust population surges herald a busy future for the space station, which has received a life extension beyond its original 2016 retirement date.

6. Space Debris Hits Overdrive

The February
crash of two satellites in orbit — and the resulting swarms of space junk created in the collision — sparked new efforts to tackle the growing problem of human trash in space. The collision not only increased the risk of damage to satellites and astronauts in orbit, but also uncovered gaps in collision avoidance monitoring systems and spurred new looks into orbital clean-up efforts. About 800 satellites crowd the orbital lanes above the Earth, along with more than 20,000 pieces of space junk such as dead satellites, spent rockets, and even tools that escaped astronauts during spacewalks. That has prompted the U.S. Strategic Command to consider upgrading its ability to track pieces of orbital debris. It has also encouraged government agencies and private researchers to imagine ways of cleaning up the cloud of debris.

5. Commercial Spaceflight Makes Strides

Space continues to transform from the final frontier into a new business opportunity for many entrepreneurs. Two of the biggest names in the private space sector, Virgin Galactic and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), each took steps this year toward realizing their respective visions of putting more people into space.

4. Rover Woes on Mars

The big story on Mars this year has been Spirit, one of NASA's hardworking twin Mars rovers, which became mired deep in sandy Martian dirt back in April. That led to an agonizing saga of on-again, off-again attempts by rover handlers to
free the robot from its sand trap throughout the year, which may continue in 2010.

3. Moon Smack: NASA's LCROSS Fizzles, then Flashes

NASA's moon-smashing plans seemed simple — send the LCROSS probe
crashing into a crater near the lunar south pole and watch for signs of water-ice within the impact plumes. Some initial buzz trailed off into confusion as hopeful scientists and members of the public failed to see any debris plume from the impact on Oct. 9, despite the many telescopes pointed at the site. But redemption was right around the corner, as scientists sifted through data from LCROSS and its sister Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

2. Welcome Back, Hubble

It was a mission so risky, NASA had a second space shuttle on standby as a rescue ship. But the seven astronauts of the shuttle Atlantis successfully overhauled the 19-year-old Hubble Space Telescope after a marathon of five back-to-back spacewalks in five days. They added new instruments, and revived broken cameras, to leave the observatory more powerful than ever. The calculated gamble not only succeeded in restoring Hubble's vision, but actually improved its sight. Hubble can now peer back in time to 500 million years after the theoretical Big Bang that started the universe, or about 13.2 billion years ago. That should keep Hubble huggers happy well into 2010 and beyond.

1. Future of NASA in Doubt

NASA showed renewed vigor by launching five shuttle missions this year (one more than in 2008) and added the
first-ever launch of a moon rocket prototype into the mix. That determined showing contrasted with growing rumblings over whether the U.S. human spaceflight is winding down, or will get a new chance to shine. For now, NASA will almost certainly look to both international partners and commercial spaceflight as it moves forward into 2010. Experts have said a mix of options may ultimately offer a better guarantee of continued spaceflight success, even as the White House mulls its budget request for NASA in the new year.
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Children more likely to catch swine flu, study suggests Children have been hard hit by the swine flu virus

Children are twice as likely as adults to catch swine flu, according to a joint UK-US study.

Imperial College London researchers and a team from the US looked at how the virus spread among families.  In a study of more than 800 people, one in eight people developed the infection after someone in their house got it.
But the team also dismissed suggestions that children may be "super spreaders" as they were found to be no more contagious than older people. 
Rates of swine flu have tended to be higher among younger age groups, the official figures have shown. What is more, there is thought to be a large pool of children who have been infected but not displayed symptoms. This research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirmed that children were more likely to become infected. The team looked at the families and household contacts of 216 people infected with swine flu. Of that group of 600, the under-18s were most likely to get it - twice as likely as adults under 50 - while those over the age of 50 were the least likely.
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However, the overall one in eight figure for infections was deemed to be pretty low compared to past pandemics.
The researchers, who were also drawn from the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at how long people remained infectious as well. They found the average length of time between one person displaying symptoms and then someone else in their house falling ill was 2.6 days. They said it meant suggestions at the start of the pandemic that people should stay at home for up to seven days when ill was probably unnecessary.
Lead researcher Dr Simon Cauchemez said: "If they are only likely to transmit the virus to other people for the first few days of their illness, keeping people off work for a week may be unnecessary and could be detrimental to the economy."
A Department of Health spokesman said: "All further information continues to add to our knowledge and understanding of the virus."
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 A New Year = A New Opportunity  
Assalam-O-Alaikum!
Hope you all are hale and hearty to welcome the brand new year that has dawned.
The past year hasn’t been very rosy for most people across the world. From financial crunches to alarming state of global warming, from deaths due to starvation to death by violence…the past year has definitely been a gloomy one. While we must learn lessons from the past our focus shall be on the future. Take the New Year as a brand new opportunity. The dawn of New Year is like opening of a new book, whose pages are still blank. We are the ones who will be putting words on them ourselves.
Let us resolve to take the upcoming year as a year of opportunities. There are just so many prospects to accomplish more things, in so many more different fields. There are so many different activities for us to indulge in. With so much in our hand, let us resolve today to make the coming year one of the very best year of our life.
To start with: set the goals. Make goals for every part of your life so that you can function like a well-oiled machine. Setting multi-dimensional goals makes one advance like a balanced wheel that goes around smoothly in every respect. Set goals for your health and spirit, for your academic/ professional career, for your relationships, for your development and for your community as well. Goal setting requires one to be visionary, or what you can say, “Back from the Future” thinking.
Writing down the goals is as important as setting them. Jotting down the goals on paper is needed because it helps one to be clear and specific about the targets one aims at. If you can see your target you are more likely to hit it right. Just take an example from your every day life. When you go for grocery with the needed grocery items already written on piece of paper, you save your time in superstore and pick exactly the required things. Other times when you go for grocery with items only in your mind you often tend to forget to pick all the required items and many a times return home buying some of the non-required items. So start to adopt the method of “Think on paper”.
Once realistic goals have been jotted down, next chalk out plan detailing the actions to be taken to achieve the set targets. It is always better to make sub-goals if your goal is too high. Because as you advance, forward you will find happiness and more motivation as you achieve your milestones.
So while you embark on your journey of stepping in a brand new year, stay focused and keep your concentration; you will reach where you wish.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
So cheers to a new year and another chance for us to set it all right.
Till next time,

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