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2011-09-18 06:51:09

  A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology is using the Aquarius underwater laboratory off the coast of Florida to study how the diversity of seaweed-eating fish affects endangered coral reefs. The research mission, which began Sept. 13, may provide new information to help scientists protect and even restore damaged coral reefs in the Caribbean. Led by Mark Hay, a Georgia Tech professor of biology, the 10-day mission includes two Ph.D. students and a...

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2011-07-23 06:16:26

NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Sept. 7-8 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Tweetup is expected to culminate in the launch of the twin lunar-bound GRAIL spacecraft aboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window opens at 8:37 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8. The two GRAIL spacecraft will fly in tandem orbits around the moon for several months to measure its gravity field, from its crust to core, in...

2011-06-10 11:27:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced that its engine helped propel today's launch of the Delta II launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California. This 149th launch of the Delta II engine carries NASA's Aquarius research satellite to orbit. Aquarius is a focused effort to measure the sea surface salinity of the world's oceans. The satellite will provide the global view of salinity variability needed...

2011-06-10 11:17:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today demonstrated its continued support of NASA and the scientific community by successfully boosting an international spacecraft designed to measure the concentration of salt on ocean surfaces. The mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A engine. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United...

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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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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