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comet Catalina
2014-07-24 03:00:33

Elizabeth Landau, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) has been observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft just one day after passing through its closest approach to the sun. The comet glows brightly in infrared wavelengths, with a dust tail streaking more than 62,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) across the sky. Its spectacular activity is driven by the vaporization of ice that has been preserved from the time of planet...

Comet Pan-STARRS Sweeps Across the Sky
2014-07-04 03:42:26

Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's NEOWISE mission captured a series of pictures of comet C/2012 K1 -- also known as comet Pan-STARRS -- as it swept across our skies in May 2014. The comet is named after the astronomical survey project called the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System in Hawaii, which discovered the icy visitor in May 2012. Comet Pan-STARRS hails from the outer fringes of our solar system, from a vast and distant reservoir of...

2014-06-19 23:08:23

Comet Siding Spring will brush astonishingly close to Mars later this year – but UMD astronomers say it won't harm three spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet. Instead the spacecraft will give scientists an unprecedented close look at the comet as it nears the sun for the first time. (PRWEB) June 19, 2014 Comet Siding Spring will brush astonishingly close to Mars later this year – close enough to raise concerns about the safety of three spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet. But after...

2013-09-20 23:01:49

The NASA/JPL/UMD Deep Impact spacecraft ends its missions, but leaves a powerful, UMD-led legacy of scientific discovery. College Park, MD (PRWEB) September 20, 2013 NASA today announced the end of operations for the Deep Impact spacecraft, history’s most traveled deep-space comet hunter, after trying unsuccessfully for more than a month to regain contact with the spacecraft. UMD scientists – who helped conceive the mission, bring it to reality and keep it going years longer than...

NASA Ends Deep Impact Mission
2013-09-20 11:19:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced on Friday that its Deep Impact mission has ended after losing communication with the spacecraft. The Deep Impact mission spent nine years in space snapping about 500,000 images and flying past comets. It was the most-traveled comet research mission in history, tallying a total of 4.7 billion miles in its nine-year journey. The last time NASA was able to communicate with the probe was on August 8. "The project team at...

NASA Frustrated With Computer Malfunction On Deep Impact Probe
2013-09-11 14:12:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As you probably know from personal experience, computer-related problems can be some of the most frustrating to deal with. So imagine the frustration over at NASA, where scientists are having problems with the computer on the space agency’s Deep Impact probe – currently adrift millions of miles away from Earth. NASA scientists announced on Tuesday that they haven’t had contact with the deep-space probe since August 8 of this...

Comet ISON Is Shedding Carbon Dioxide By The Millions
2013-07-23 18:00:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers say they have observed strong carbon dioxide emissions coming off Comet ISON, giving scientists even more data to help them better understand these space objects. The team captured the images on June 13 using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's Infrared Array Camera. The images show carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily "fizzing" away from the so-called "soda-pop comet" in a tail about 186,400 miles long. "These fabulous...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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