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Hello Kitty Goes To Space
2013-02-04 07:42:14

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Seventh grader Lauren Rojas of Antioch, California has already learned a very important life lesson: Any presentation is made exponentially cooler with a home-made video from outer space. In fact, it's safe to say Ms. Rojas has learned 2 very important life lessons, the second being: It never hurts to send a proxy to do the dangerous work for you. The 13-year old California girl recently took on a class project to study the...

Scientific Balloon Record Shattered By Super-TIGER
2013-01-23 09:53:00

Washington University in St. Louis Before he left for Antarctica in November, W. Robert Binns, principal investigator for Super-TIGER, said that he would be deliriously happy if the balloon carrying the cosmic-ray detector stayed up 30 days. It has now been up 45 days, floating serenely in the polar vortex registering hits by cosmic rays. Over the weekend it shattered the previous record of 42 days set by Cream I, another cosmic ray experiment that flew during the winter of 2004-2005....

Solar Impulse 2015: Around The World In A Solar-Powered Airplane
2012-12-04 10:35:35

[Watch Video: Learning To Fly A Solar Plane] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With a recent record-setting intercontinental flight using only the power of the sun still fresh in their minds, Bertrand Piccard and his partner Andre Borschberg are now setting their sights on the future. The duo that took wing on the Solar Impulse aircraft from Switzerland to Morocco and back again, are now planning for a world tour, becoming the only people to fly around the world...

Cosmos 1 Balloon Combines Inspiration And Ingenuity
2012-10-29 09:47:39

NASA For Jerry and Cindy Holmes, their love of NASA´s work and ballooning came together in March when they purchased the new Cosmos I hot air balloon. "We love NASA. It represents American ingenuity," Jerry said. The couple shares another goal with NASA — to inspire kids. "We hope that Cosmos will encourage students to embrace math and science," Cindy said. At 106 feet tall and 486 pounds, Cosmos I is a whole lot of inspiration — people can´t help but look...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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