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2011-06-10 11:14:00

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory for NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2W here at 7:20 a.m. PDT today. This is ULA's sixth launch of the year and marked the 40th Delta II launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. "ULA is extremely proud to be a part of the Aquarius/SAC-D mission, which will offer scientists NASA's first global observations...

2011-06-10 10:50:00

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's 'Age of Aquarius' dawned Friday with the launch of an international satellite carrying the agency-built Aquarius instrument that will measure the saltiness of Earth's oceans to advance our understanding of the global water cycle and improve climate forecasts. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Aquarius/SAC-D observatory rocketed into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California atop a United...

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2011-06-10 10:25:00

NASA successfully launched a satellite to observe levels of salt on the surface of the world's oceans on Friday. The Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:20 Central in the morning. The satellite will map the entire open ocean every seven days from its position 408 miles above Earth, producing monthly estimates that show how salt levels change over time and location. "The mission will survey the salinity levels at the surface of the ocean and...

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2011-06-09 07:55:00

The launch of the international Aquarius/SAC-D mission is postponed 24 hours until Friday, June 10, from NASA's Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 5-minute launch window opens at 10:20 a.m. EDT (7:20 a.m. PDT). The new launch date will allow the launch team to complete additional review of an inconsistency found in the Delta II launch vehicle flight profile for wind conditions on the day of launch. These data are used to steer the Delta II through upper level...

2011-06-08 18:49:00

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The launch of the international Aquarius/SAC-D mission is postponed 24 hours until Friday, June 10, from NASA's Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 5-minute launch window opens at 10:20 a.m. EDT (7:20 a.m. PDT). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The new launch date will allow the launch team to complete additional review of an inconsistency found in the Delta II launch vehicle...

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2011-06-08 13:35:00

By Dauna Coulter, Science@NASA A new observatory is about to leave Earth to map a powerful compound of global importance: Common everyday sea salt. Researchers suspect that the salinity of Earth's oceans has far-reaching effects on climate, much as the salt levels within our bodies influence our own delicate internal balance. An international team of scientists from NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina, or CONAE, will investigate this possibility with the aid of a satellite named...

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2011-06-03 08:40:00

Salt is essential to human life. Most people don't know, however, that salt -- in a form nearly the same as the simple table variety -- is just as essential to Earth's ocean, serving as a critical driver of key ocean processes. While ancient Greek soothsayers believed they could foretell the future by reading the patterns in sprinkled salt, today's scientists have learned that they can indeed harness this invaluable mineral to foresee the future -- of Earth's climate. The oracles of modern...

2011-06-01 13:45:00

PASADENA, Calif., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- News media representatives are invited to cover a Tweetup hosted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, June 6. More than 100 NASA Twitter followers, who registered in April, will attend the event. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) With four NASA/JPL space missions launching in 2011 and an asteroid belt encounter nearly under way, this year will be one of the busiest ever in...

2011-05-26 12:35:00

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The launch of the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory is scheduled for June 9, from NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Liftoff of the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is targeted to occur during a five-minute launch window that opens at 10:20 a.m. EDT (7:20 a.m. PDT). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Aquarius is the NASA-built primary instrument on the SAC-D spacecraft. The...

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2011-05-26 09:48:24

Written by Rosemary Sullivant, NASA/JPL The breakthrough moment for oceanographer Gary Lagerloef, the principal investigator for NASA's new Aquarius mission, came in 1991. That's when he knew it would be possible to make precise measurements of ocean salinity from space. It has taken nearly two decades to turn that possibility into a reality. Lagerloef was looking at data collected by a NASA aircraft flying over the ocean off the coast of Maryland. It was testing a new radiometer, an...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

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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