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Hatches Close On Aquarius Lab, Possibly For The Last Time
2012-07-23 14:13:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Aquanauts could now officially be a thing of the past, as Sunday saw the doors of the undersea research lab Aquarius Reef Base close for the last time. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) lab was established in 1986, and operated around the U.S. Virgin Islands for over two decades at 60 feet below the surface of the ocean. Federal budget cuts have left the Aquarius lab without its $3 million annual funding,...

Talking To The Future And Listening To The Past
2012-07-18 15:24:34

ESA astronaut Tim Peake recently spent 12 days underwater with three other aquanauts to look at the best ways for astronauts to explore an asteroid. Behind the scenes, a large support team was learning through experience. No effort was spared to make the experience as realistic as possible. This Neemo mission simulated a mission to an asteroid 15 million km from Earth, almost 39 times further than the Moon. At this distance, it would take a message from Earth around 50 seconds to reach...

As Ground Radars Switch Off, SMOS Satellite Measurements Improve
2012-07-04 15:13:20

Over a dozen radio signals that have hindered data collection on ESA´s SMOS water mission have been switched off. The effort also benefits satellites such as NASA´s Aquarius mission, which measures ocean salinity at the same frequency. We all know what happens when you place a cell phone too close to a speaker: seconds before the phone rings, that obnoxious buzz interrupts your favourite song. This is radio interference — an unwanted reception of radio signals. Not only...

2012-06-20 08:39:10

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will speak with astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, commander of the 16th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission, and her fellow crewmate Timothy Peake of the European Space Agency at 4:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 20 as they perform their final "spacewalk" of the mission, 63 feet below the ocean's surface. The administrator's call to the crew will air live on NASA Television. The NEEMO 16 crew has been simulating asteroid...

NASA Celebrates First Birthday For Aquarius
2012-06-14 06:46:49

Aquarius, NASA's pioneering instrument to measure ocean surface salinity from orbit, launched a year ago (on June 10, 2011) aboard the Argentine Space Agency's Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC-D) observatory. Designed to advance our understanding of what changes in the saltiness of the ocean's top layer say about the water cycle and variations in climate, the mission has had a busy first year. Already, its measurements of global salinity patterns have...

NASA 'Splashdown' For 16th NEEMO Crew Complete
2012-06-11 11:29:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Astronauts officially "splashed down" on Monday on a trip down to the bottom of the ocean to help them explore methods for future asteroid missions. The team is going on a NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) to dive to an underwater base off the coast of Florida and simulate space experiences. "WE HAVE SPLASHDOWN! #NEEMO16 crew entered the wet porch of their new home, the Aquarius Habitat at 12pm ET," according to NASA's NEEMO Twitter...

2012-06-06 14:42:16

NASA astronaut and commander for the 16th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO), Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, will be available for live satellite interviews while performing a simulated spacewalk under water. The interviews will take place between 8:45 and 9:45 a.m. EDT June 15. NASA will also host a media day June 21 in Key Largo, Fla. NEEMO sends groups of NASA employees and contractors to live for 12 days, 63 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, in the National...

NASA Announces 16th Undersea Exploration Mission Dates And Crew
2012-04-17 04:11:36

An international team of aquanauts will travel again to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to simulate a visit to an asteroid in the 16th expedition of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO). This year's NEEMO mission will begin June 11. It will build on lessons learned from 2011's NEEMO 15 mission and test innovative solutions to engineering challenges allowing astronauts to eventually explore asteroids. "We're trying to look out into the future and understand how we'd...


Latest Aquarius Reference Libraries

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Aquarius (the water bearer) Constellation -- Location: Zodiac constellation, visible in both hemispheres; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 23h; Declination: -15; Source: Identified by most ancient cultures The constellations that are included in the Zodiac - the 12 constellations recognized by Babylonian astronomers through which our Sun, moon, and planets appeared to travel during the course of a year - are considered to be among the oldest sky patterns recognized by human civilizations....

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Capricornus (The Sea Goat) Constellation -- Location: Zodiac constellation, visible in both hemispheres; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 21h; Declination: -20; Source: Ancient, Babylonian and Greek mythology The constellations that are included in the Zodiac - the 12 constellations recognized by Babylonian astronomers through which our Sun, moon, and planets appeared to travel during the course of a year - are considered to be among the oldest sky patterns recognized by human civilizations....

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cetus Constellation -- Cetus (the Whale or Sea Monster) is a constellation of the southern sky, in the region known as the Water, near other watery constellations like Aquarius, Pisces, and Eridanus. Notable features This constellation's most notable star is Mira, ο Ceti, the first variable star to be discovered. Over a period of 331.65 days it varies from magnitude 2.0, one of the brightest in the sky and easily visible to the unaided eye, to 10.1 and back again. Its discovery in...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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