|10 December 2009: A helium leak caused by a faulty valve on the Ariane 5GS rocket forced the postponement.|
|10 December 2010: South Africa unveiled its national space agency on Thursday, aiming to become a
leader in earth observation technology across the continent in 10 years, the minister
of science and technology said.
"We believe (the launch of SANSA) will stimulate investment and the local scientific
research sector," she added.
The agency, which already has two micro-satellites, will produce timely data imagery
to help detect natural disasters and monitor water resources around South Africa and
the continent, Pandor said at the launch.|
|10 December 2001: NASA decided to dismantle the X-33 reusable technology demonstrator, after NASA
and Lockheed Martin had spent over $1.2 billion on its development. Most of the
craft’s components were distributed to contractors for use on the Space Launch
Initiative programme, and the stripped airframe itself was stored temporarily at the
Edwards Air Force Base.|
|10 December 2010: As part of its growing cooperation with the China Meteorological Administration (CMA),
EUMETSAT now receives and disseminates sounding data from the FY-3A polar-
orbiting satellite via EUMETCast in response to growing interest from its users in
Europe for these data.|
|10 December 2009: XMM-Newton, the most powerful X-ray observatory ever built and launched into space, marked its 10th
|10 December 2009: Cameras aboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have captured images of a mysterious hexagon-shaped cloud formation that is likely formed by the path of a jet stream flowing around the planet’s north pole.|
|10 December 2009: RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, released the German version of their online shop for satellite imagery.|
|10 December 2009: Nestled into the payload of a Delta 2 rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is a satellite that should open new targets for astronomical study both near and far. NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), slated for launch no earlier than 6:09 A.M. Pacific Standard Time on December 11, is charged with mapping the sky in the mid-infrared to create an atlas of objects whose emitted light is invisible to human eyes and largely absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere.