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Successful Launch For NASA's NPP Satellite
2011-10-28 06:00:15

[ Watch the Video ] After a five-year delay, NASA´s NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this morning at about 2:48 a.m. local time (5:48 EDT) aboard a Delta II rocket. The NPP satellite will be lifted by the rocket to its 512-mile-high orbit above Earth where it should separate from the second stage rocket at about 6:45 a.m. (PDT). The $1.5 billion NPP weather and climate satellite represents a critical first step...

Image 1 - Ozone Depletion A Bigger Deal Down Under
2011-10-21 07:20:11

The Earth's thinning ozone layer is synonymous with a singing and dancing seagull named Sid -- at least it is in New Zealand and Australia. "This time of year there is a huge push to 'Slip, Slop, Slap,´" says Hamish Talbot, a native New Zealander. These publicly funded commercials implore people to "slip" on a t-shirt, "slop" on some sunscreen and "slap" on a hat. All this protection is necessary because New Zealand's location in the Southern Hemisphere puts it very close to the...

New Data Shows Antarctic Ozone Hole Still Remains
2011-10-20 13:06:41

[ Watch the Video ] The Antarctic ozone hole, which yawns wide every Southern Hemisphere spring, reached its annual peak on Sept. 12. It stretched to 10.05 million square miles, the ninth largest ozone hole on record. Above the South Pole, the ozone hole reached its deepest point of the season on Oct. 9, tying this year for the 10th lowest in this 26-year record. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) use balloon-borne instruments, ground-based instruments...

NASA Prepares For Satellite Re-entry
2011-09-08 07:59:41

  NASA on Wednesday said that a 20-year-old satellite is due to re-enter Earth´s atmosphere sometime in the next six weeks, burn up, and rain debris over a wide area. The defunct 7-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) should plunge to Earth sometime in late September or early October, but the agency cannot determine exactly when that re-entry will occur and what geographic area may be affected. However, NASA is keeping a close eye on the satellite and will keep the...

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2011-07-16 08:09:18

Fires raging in central Africa are generating a high amount of pollution that is showing up in data from NASA's Aura Satellite, with the ominous shape of a dark red butterfly in the skies over southern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Angola. An image of the pollution from agricultural fires in central Africa was created from data of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels over the period from July 7 to 12, 2011. It was created from Ozone Measuring Instrument (OMI) data using...

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2011-07-05 08:21:38

NASA's Aura Satellite has provided a view of nitrogen dioxide levels coming from the fires in New Mexico and Arizona. Detecting nitrogen dioxide is important because it reacts with sunlight to create low-level ozone or smog and poor air quality. The fierce Las Conchas fire threatened the town and National Laboratory in Los Alamos, while smoke from Arizona's immense Wallow Fire and the Donaldson Fire in central New Mexico also created nitrogen dioxides (NO2) detectable by the Ozone Measuring...

2011-06-07 07:00:00

CHICAGO, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Headache Foundation (NHF) announced today that it is partnering with CBS Los Angeles reporter Serene Branson to launch "More Than Just a Headache," a new education campaign to raise awareness of the prevalence and impact of migraines. The campaign helps to kick off June as National Migraine Awareness Month (NMAM) and educate the public on the personal and societal costs of migraines, while also providing resources for the 30 million...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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