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Radar Movie Of Asteroid 2012 DA14 Released By NASA
2013-02-20 10:59:44

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory [ Watch The Video Early Radar Observations of Asteroid 2012 DA14 ] An initial sequence of radar images of asteroid 2012 DA14 was obtained on the night of Feb. 15/16, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif. Each of the 72 frames required 320 seconds of data collection by the Goldstone radar. The observations were made as the asteroid was moving away from Earth. The asteroid's distance from...

Curiosity's 'ChemCam' Uses Laser To Hit On Martian Drill Tailings
2013-02-14 11:55:13

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A day after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilled the first sample-collection hole into a rock on Mars, the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument shot laser pulses into the fresh rock powder that the drilling generated. This scene shows a line of pits left by laser hits on the drill tailings. The view is a mosaic of images taken by the remote micro-imager in ChemCam, with color information from Curiosity's Mast Camera. The drilled hole, at...

Unusual Form Taken By Mars Rock
2013-02-12 08:43:16

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance. A case in point is a shiny-looking rock seen in a recent image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Some casual observers might see a resemblance to a car door handle, hood ornament or some other type of metallic object. To Ronald Sletten of the University of Washington, Seattle, a collaborator on Curiosity's science team, the object is an interesting study in how wind and the natural...

Curiosity Drills On Mars
2013-02-07 19:01:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA announced on Thursday its Curiosity rover has performed a mini drilling test on Mars for the first time. The drill, according to NASA, went through percussion and rotation tests to bore into about 0.8-inches of rock on Mars, generating cuttings for evaluation in advance of the rover's first sample-collection drilling. NASA said this test was confirmed in data received from Mars late Wednesday at the Jet Propulsion...

WISE Captures The Heat From Orion's Sword
2013-02-06 09:58:22

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The tangle of clouds and stars that lie in Orion's sword is showcased in a new, expansive view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Orion, the famous hunter, is visible in evening skies throughout the world from about December through April. The constellation appears tranquil and still to the naked eye, but lying in its sword, at what appears to be a slightly fuzzy star, is a turbulent cauldron of stellar birth. WISE scanned the...

Small Asteroid Will Pass By Earth Safely
2013-02-04 08:30:02

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory The small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth on February 15, so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict the asteroid's path with the observations obtained, and it is therefore known that there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with Earth. Nevertheless, the flyby will provide a unique...

See The Curiosity Rover Tonight At The Premiere Of "The Changing Face of Mars"
2013-01-23 11:31:08

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Space enthusiasts will be able to get "up close and personal" (bring your camera) with a full-scale replica of the Curiosity Mars rover before the free Jan. 23 public premiere of the documentary film "The Changing Face of Mars." The model, about the size of a small SUV automobile, will be on display outside Caltech's Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. Also on display will be the "first image of Mars." The unusual origins of this historic image is one...

Air Standards And Climate Could Benefit From NASA Study
2013-01-17 10:20:15

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new NASA-led study finds that when it comes to combating global warming caused by emissions of ozone-forming chemicals, location matters. Ozone is both a major air pollutant with known adverse health effects and a greenhouse gas that traps heat from escaping Earth's atmosphere. Scientists and policy analysts are interested in learning how curbing the emissions of these chemicals can improve human health and also help mitigate climate change....


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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