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MESSENGER at Mercury
2014-08-04 03:15:10

Ten years ago, on August 3, 2004, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a risky mission that would take the small satellite dangerously close to Mercury’s surface, paving the way for an ambitious study of the planet closest to the Sun.

2014-07-24 23:07:10

Chief Scientist Arlene Minkiewicz will demonstrate new cost estimating software for responding to NASA’s recent AO Solicitation Number NNH14ZDA009J addressing future Discovery missions

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

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.

Asteroid Grand Challenge First Anniversary
2014-06-20 03:13:27

It’s been a busy year around the sun for NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge.

Rosetta Comet Is Coming Alive
2014-06-04 03:39:31

A spacecraft from Earth is about to do something no spacecraft has ever done before: orbit a comet and land on its surface.

Construction To Begin On New NASA Mars Lander
2014-05-20 03:04:12

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander, after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday.

2014-05-19 20:20:09

Lockheed Martin-Built Lander to Study Interior of Mars DENVER, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The team preparing NASA's next Mars lander mission gained a green light today to begin building

2014-05-19 16:21:05

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander after it completed a successful Mission

kepler to begin round two
2014-05-18 04:55:20

Believed to be retired for good after breaking down last year, the Kepler spacecraft has been revived and will be part of a newly-approved NASA mission to seek out new exoplanets while also expanding its role into the realm of astrophysical observations.

Space Sunflower Could One Day Help Snap Pictures Of Planets
2014-03-21 10:52:53

A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.


Latest Discovery program Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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Word of the Day
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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