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NASA Administrator Talks Asteroids During Visit At JPL
2013-05-24 09:57:14

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden met with members of the asteroid initiative team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., today.

To Mars In A Month With The Help Of Nuclear Fusion
2013-04-09 19:22:32

Together with NASA, University of Washington researchers believe it may be possible to use nuclear fusion to power a trip to Mars that is safe, inexpensive and only takes about a month.

2013-02-13 17:45:20

Electric rocket engines known as Hall thrusters, which use a super high-velocity stream of ions to propel a spacecraft in space, have been used successfully onboard many missions for half a century.

GOCE’s Second Mission To Improve Gravity Map
2012-11-16 12:22:31

ESA’s GOCE gravity satellite has already delivered the most accurate gravity map of Earth, but its orbit is now being lowered in order to obtain even better results.

NASA Releases Last Images Of Dawn Spacecraft Visit With Vesta Asteroid
2012-09-12 14:31:54

As NASA's Dawn mission spacecraft speeds away from the giant asteroid Vesta, mission control has released two parting views using images that were among the last taken by Dawn.

Vesta Gets Ready For Journey To Ceres
2012-08-31 09:33:59

The Dawn spacecraft will be departing from asteroid Vesta on September 4 and will head out on a two-and-a-half-year journey towards the dwarf planet Ceres.

Gravity Satellite Will Benefit Future Missions
2012-07-20 15:21:31

ESA’s GOCE satellite is not only mapping Earth’s gravity with unrivalled precision, but is also revealing new insight into air density and wind in space.

2011-07-18 13:58:00

PASADENA, Calif., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.