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2011-10-27 12:21:04

During a visit to South America, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Thursday signed two cooperative Earth science agreements with Agencia Espacial Brasileira (AEB), NASA's counterpart space agency in Brazil. One agreement formalizes NASA-AEB scientific collaboration on the Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission, while the other extends an agreement for the Ozone Cooperation Mission. "Earth observation from space is vital to understanding our planet," Bolden said. "The...

Image 1 - NASA's Satellite Sees Typhoon Roke Intensify Before Landfall
2011-09-21 13:32:53

  The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite captured rainfall and cloud data from Typhoon Roke as it rapidly intensified before making landfall in Japan earlier today. Typhoon Roke followed a looping path for five days while maintaining tropical-storm strength prior to intensifying to typhoon-strength at 12 UTC (8 a.m. EDT) on September 19, 2011. When the TRMM satellite flew over Typhoon Roke, it was in the process of rapidly intensifying from a Category 1 to 3...

New Clues About Inner Workings Of Black Hole Jets
2011-09-20 13:49:27

  Astronomers using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have captured rare data of a flaring black hole, revealing new details about these powerful objects and their blazing jets. Scientists study jets to learn more about the extreme environments around black holes. Much has been learned about the material feeding black holes, called accretion disks, and the jets themselves, through studies using X-rays, gamma rays and radio waves. But key measurements of the...

Ariane 5 To Launch BepiColombo Mercury Explorer
2011-09-16 07:19:04

  Reaching one of the most mysterious planets in our Solar System takes enormous power and finesse. ESA has now firmly entrusted its precious Mercury explorer to Europe´s largest rocket — the Ariane 5. ESA today signed the contract with Arianespace to launch its BepiColombo mission on an Ariane 5 from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. Europe's first mission to probe the Solar System's innermost planet will depart in July 2014. BepiColombo's sensors will...

Image 1 - ERS Satellite Missions Complete
2011-09-12 09:33:03

  After a final thruster firing last week to deplete its remaining fuel, ESA's venerable ERS-2 observation satellite has been safely taken out of service. Ground controllers also ensured the space environment was protected for future missions. The mission ended on 5 September, after the satellite's average altitude had already been lowered from 785 km to about 573 km. At this height, the risk of collision with other satellites or space debris is greatly reduced. The final...

JAXA Successfully Tests Engine Of Akatsuki Venus Probe
2011-09-08 10:38:01

  Japan's space agency said that it had successfully test-fired the engine of its "Akatsuki" space probe. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said a remote test ignition conducted Wednesday lasted for 2 seconds as planned. "The failure in December was highly likely due to engine damage," JAXA spokesman Eijiro Namura said in a statement. "We have made the first step forward by igniting the engine for the first time since then," to assess its condition, he said....

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2011-08-26 10:54:30

  Japanese scientists have determined that the most common meteorites found on Earth are born from stony asteroids. The Earth-bound asteroids, also known as ordinary chondrites, are among the most primitive objects in the solar system.  The researchers said that the discovery means these asteroids have been recording a long and rich history of early solar system events. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa spacecraft in 2003 to sample the surface...

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2011-07-25 12:05:00

Japan jumped ahead of Germany on Sunday to become the third nation in terms of time its astronauts have spent in space. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said its astronauts have spent 494 days in space, overtaking the 493-day total of 10 German astronauts. Russia maintains first place with 104 astronauts spending a total of 20,760 days in space, while the U.S. holds second place with 14,786 days divvied up between 331 astronauts. Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa helped...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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