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comet ison
2014-08-12 07:30:05

Elizabeth Zubritsky and Nancy Neal-Jones, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center A NASA-led team of scientists has created detailed 3-D maps of the atmospheres surrounding comets, identifying several gases and mapping their spread at the highest resolution ever achieved. [ Watch: HCN – Inner Coma Of C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) ] “We achieved truly first-of-a-kind mapping of important molecules that help us understand the nature of comets,” said Martin Cordiner, a researcher working in the...

Orbiting Carbon Observatory
2014-08-12 06:56:49

Alan Buis and Steve Cole, NASA Just over a month after launch, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) -- NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide -- has maneuvered into its final operating orbit and produced its first science data, confirming the health of its science instrument. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is the leading human-produced greenhouse gas responsible for warming our world. It is a critical natural component of Earth's carbon cycle. OCO-2...

LDSD retrieval
2014-08-11 05:21:13

DC Agle, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and David Steitz, NASA Headquarters NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The goal of this experimental flight test, the first of three planned for the project, was to determine if the balloon-launched, rocket-powered, saucer-shaped, design could reach the altitudes and...

2014-08-08 12:20:35

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two Terrier-Lynx suborbital rockets are scheduled for launch between August 12 and September 24 for the Department of Defense from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The rockets will be launched on separate days. The second rocket is expected to be launched about two weeks after the first rocket. The launch windows are (all times are EDT): 11:30 p.m. -...

3d printed space telescope
2014-08-07 07:09:22

Lori Keesey, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center By the end of September, NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff is expected to complete the first imaging telescopes ever assembled almost exclusively from 3-D-manufactured components. “As far as I know, we are the first to attempt to build an entire instrument with 3-D printing,” said Budinoff, who works at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Under his multi-pronged project, funded by Goddard’s Internal...

Arctic Melt Ponds
2014-08-05 03:00:50

Kate Ramsayer, NASA's Earth Science News Team Even from 65,000 feet above Earth, aquamarine melt ponds in the Arctic stand out against the white sea ice and ice sheets. These ponds form every summer, as snow that built up on the ice melts, creating crystal clear pools. On July 16 and July 17, NASA’s ER-2 aircraft flew above Alaskan glaciers and to the North Pole, carrying an instrument called the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar, or MABEL. MABEL is a laser altimeter,...

sun EUNIS mission
2014-08-04 03:10:08

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientists have recently gathered some of the strongest evidence to date to explain what makes the sun's outer atmosphere so much hotter than its surface. The new observations of the small-scale extremely hot temperatures are consistent with only one current theory: something called nanoflares – a constant peppering of impulsive bursts of heating, none of which can be individually detected -- provide the mysterious extra heat. [ Watch:...

2014-08-01 16:20:59

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the Flight Dynamics Support Services (FDSS) II contract to Omitron, Inc. of Beltsville, Maryland. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The small business set-aside, cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a minimum ordering value of $3 million and a maximum ordering value of $180 million. There is a 45-day phase-in, scheduled to commence on Sept. 15. The ordering...

2014-08-01 12:20:37

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a modification to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc. (SGT) of Greenbelt, Maryland to continuing working the the Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy (GGSG) Support Services contract. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The maximum ordering value of the GGSG contract will increase to $76.8 million. The previous amount was $49.5 million. The increase in the maximum ordering value of the...

IceCube' No Longer On Ice
2014-08-01 03:32:16

Lori Keesey, NASA NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has chosen a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to build its first Earth science-related CubeSat mission. The tiny payload, known as IceCube or Earth-1, will demonstrate and validate a new 874-gigahertz submillimeter-wave receiver that could help advance scientists’ understanding of ice clouds and their role in climate change. SMD also selected five heliophysics-related missions, two...


Latest Goddard Space Flight Center Reference Libraries

sts-61
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...

2_7ad693c2c78932714ebafe95caafcb5d2
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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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'