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Final Three Mirrors For James Webb Space Telescope Arrive At NASA
2013-12-18 11:06:44

NASA The final three of 18 primary mirrors for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for integration prior to a scheduled launch in 2018. Once on orbit, the 18 hexagonal mirror segments will work together as one 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) primary mirror, the largest mirror ever flown in space and the first to deploy in space. "Having the final mirror segments at Goddard is an exciting program milestone. It's the culmination of...

NASA Gets Double Coverage On Newborn Tropical Cyclone Amara
2013-12-17 15:09:18

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center System 93S strengthened into the third tropical depression of the Southern Indian Ocean cyclone season, which quickly became a tropical storm named Amara. NASA's TRMM and Aqua satellites flew overhead shortly after formation and provided visible and rainfall data on the intensifying storm. Amara's maximum sustained winds were near 35 knots/40 mph/62 kph on December 17 at 0900 UTC/4 a.m. EST. Amara was located near 15.6 south latitude and 72.0 east...

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Project Scientist Passes Away
2013-12-10 11:06:36

NASA Arthur Hou, the project scientist for the upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement mission, died at home Nov. 20 from pancreatic cancer, which he had battled for more than a year. “Arthur was an exemplary project scientist who kept the GPM flame alive during the various challenges as the project was being formulated and developed,” said Nick White, director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “It is so...

NASA Sees Tropical Cyclone Madi's Rainfall
2013-12-10 09:11:57

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Cyclone Madi is headed for a landfall in southeastern India, and NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's TRMM satellite found that rainfall was heaviest north of the storm's center. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite known as TRMM captured data on Tropical Cyclone Madi's rainfall on Dec. 8 at 1144 UTC/6:44 a.m. EST. TRMM saw the bulk of the storm's rainfall was occurring north of the center of circulation and falling at...

LADEE Instruments Pass Preliminary Checks And Now Ready For Science
2013-12-04 09:41:51

NASA Now in orbit around the moon, NASA's newest lunar mission has completed the commissioning phase, and its science instruments have passed their preliminary checks. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), launched Sept. 6, 2013, carries three science instruments designed to gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and determine whether dust is being lofted into the lunar sky. A thorough understanding of these...

IceBridge P-3 Lands Safely At McMurdo
2013-11-26 11:33:48

[ Watch The Video: First Landing: IceBridge P-3 on the Sea Ice Runway ] NASA Making the current NASA Operation IceBridge campaign – the first to ever operate directly from Antarctica – a reality took a year and a half of planning and coordination, finishing with weeks of intense work both at home and in Antarctica. Before anything at all could happen, the mission's science team had to come up with science flight plans. And mission planners worked closely with the National...


Latest Goddard Space Flight Center Reference Libraries

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2012-05-12 09:14:38

Endeavour launched from Kennedy Space Center on December 2, 1993 at 4:27 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on December 13 at 12:25 AM EST. The shuttle orbited 163 times at an altitude of 321 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.45 degrees and travelled 4.4 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 19 hours, 58 minutes, and 37 seconds. This was the first mission to repair and maintain the Hubble Space Telescope. It involved the second longest spacewalk to date at nearly 8 hours. The final...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) -- The SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) project is being carried out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a cooperative effort between the two agencies in the framework of the Solar Terrestrial Science Program (STSP) comprising SOHO and CLUSTER, and the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics Program (ISTP), with Geotail (ISAS-Japan), Wind, and Polar. SOHO was launched on...

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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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