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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...

2013-09-16 10:10:38

On Aug. 2, a call for scientific white papers was announced to solicit ideas to help shape a repurposed science mission using a combination of the Kepler's two remaining good reaction wheels and thrusters for spacecraft attitude control. In response to the call, 42 white papers were received. The white papers, publicly available at the Kepler Science Center, cover many aspects of astrophysical science, planetary science and even studies of methods to squeeze out better photometry from the...

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...

Amateur Astronomers Could Be NASA's New Hope For Planet Hunting
2013-09-05 14:16:35

[ Watch the Video: Help NASA Hunt For Exoplanets ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Open Source Differential Photometry Code for Amateur Astronomy Research (OSCAAR) program will allow amateur astronomers to find exoplanets. The US space agency is calling out all amateur astronomers who are seeking to find world's beyond our Solar System. People wanting to get involved who have a telescope will be able to pick up where Kepler left off after a malfunction left...

Mars Lander InSight Has Four Potential Targets
2013-09-04 19:15:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online NASA has dwindled down its list for potential landing sites for its next Mars lander mission down to four possibilities. The space agency's stationary Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander mission will be launching in March 2016 and landing on the Red Planet six months later. NASA said it has narrowed its list of 22 possible landing spots down to four sites. All four of the...

New Evidence Water On Moon
2013-08-27 14:35:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Nature Geoscience say they have found potential evidence of water below the surface of our Moon. NASA-funded researchers, using data from the space agency's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, have detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the lunar interior. This is the first time scientists have...

Measuring Stellar Gravity
2013-08-23 08:58:22

[ Watch The Video: Star Flickering Discovery ] John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A star’s gravitational strength is key in understanding and modeling other properties of a particular star, to say nothing of understanding the planets that orbit around it. But making accurate measurements of a star’s surface gravity is difficult, and measurements are often only good to within about a 50% estimation of the actual value, sometimes worse. Now, however,...

NASA Reveals New Images, Video Of Asteroid Redirect Mission
2013-08-23 07:30:04

[WATCH VIDEO: Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Animation] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has released a new animation along with new photos of the space agency's proposed asteroid redirect mission. The space agency said it is developing the first-ever mission to identify, approach, capture and redirect a small asteroid into a stable orbit in lunar vicinity. The part of this mission would be performed by an asteroid capture vehicle, while another part of the...


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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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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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