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NASA Voyager Missions Get Breakthrough Award From Popular Mechanics
2012-10-09 06:41:38

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hurtling through space at more than 35,000 miles per hour, NASA´s Voyager 1 is on the verge of breaking the barrier between the known Solar System and Interstellar Space; and Voyager 2 is not far behind. So what better way to commemorate such an event than with a prestigious award. Representatives from NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the team behind the Voyager missions, received a Breakthrough...

New Program Aims To Advance Scientific Understand Of Sun and Space Weather
2012-08-16 06:47:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new report from the National Research Council lays out four scientific goals for the next 10 years along with guiding principles and recommended actions. The prioritized program of basic and applied research for 2012-2022 is meant to advance scientific understanding of the sun, sun-Earth connections, the origins of space weather, and the sun's interactions with other bodies in the solar system. This second decadal survey is the...

2011-10-06 09:23:37

NASA will begin development and testing of two science instruments, in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), to be placed on ESA's newly selected Solar Orbiter mission. The spacecraft will study the sun from a closer distance than any previous mission. At its closest approach, the European-led project will operate approximately 21 million miles from the sun's surface, near the orbit of Mercury, roughly 25 percent of the distance from the sun to the Earth. This unique vantage...

2011-09-28 04:14:04

Ed Weiler, who has worked almost 33 years as a leader in NASA's science exploration programs, will retire from the agency effective Sept. 30. Weiler most recently served as the associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at agency Headquarters in Washington, directing a variety of research and science programs in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science and astrophysics. Chuck Gay, the directorate´s deputy associate administrator, will become the acting...

2011-06-07 09:09:25

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 9, to discuss a new computer model that shows the edge of our solar system is not smooth, but filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles. Based on Voyager data, the finding suggests we need to revise our picture of this previously unexplored region so critical for understanding how cosmic rays are created and reach near-Earth space. Galactic cosmic rays are of concern for human space travel, in particular during the...

2011-05-03 15:51:00

GREEBELT, Md., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a Cooperative Agreement to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, Md., to establish a science center for collaborative research in Solar-Planetary Sciences at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The total value of the agreement is estimated at $9,999,442, for the period of May 9, 2011 through May 8, 2016, with the...

2011-05-02 15:27:00

GREENBELT, Md., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a Cooperative Agreement to the Catholic University of America (CUA) to establish a science center for collaborative research in Solar-Heliospheric Sciences at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The total value of the agreement is estimated at $8,542,928, for the period of May 9, 2011 through May 8, 2016, with the ability to extend for an...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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