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New Rocket Project Aims To Study Auroral Wind Of Northern Lights
2013-02-01 13:41:57

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For many in the extreme upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, the Aurora borealis (better known as the Northern Lights) offer breathtaking displays of color and lights, dancing effortlessly across the night sky. These lights, which are caused by solar winds bouncing off the Earth´s upper atmosphere, are typically visible only around the Polar ℠auroral zone´ due to the strong magnetic forces around this region....

FASTSAT Nearing End Of Mission
2012-11-30 20:17:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said that its Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite (FASTSAT) mission is coming to an end after two successful years. FASTSAT was able to help demonstrate a capability to build, deploy and operate a science and technology flight mission at lower costs than what had been previously thought. The mission used off-the-shelf commercial hardware and the satellite itself weighed slightly less than 400 pounds....

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2010-03-12 08:25:40

The outer layers of Earth's atmosphere hold many secrets yet to be uncovered and three scientific instruments will fly soon on the FASTSAT-HSV01 satellite and seek to uncover them to benefit us here on Earth. Known as MINI-ME, PISA and TTI, these instruments recently passed a series of important final tests to prove their readiness for spaceflight. These instruments were conceived and built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and were integrated to the satellite and...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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