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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....

JPL Bubbles Up Organics Using Ocean Vent Simulator
2013-01-17 09:25:23

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory This week, fizzy ocean water and the alkaline fluid that bubbles up from deep ocean vents are coursing through a structure at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. that is reminiscent of the pillared Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. Scientists with the NASA Astrobiology Institute's JPL Icy Worlds team have built this series of glass tubes, thin barrels and valves with a laser and a detector system. The set-up mimics the conditions at...

Mars Rover Curiosity's Team Selected To Receive Space Foundation Award
2013-01-16 10:42:18

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory The NASA mission that had the nation holding its breath as it tested an ingenious but never-before-used landing technique, and continues to amaze with new discoveries about Mars has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Space Foundation's John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project is using the rover Curiosity to investigate whether the study area within Gale Crater has offered environmental...

Mars Rover Gets Ready To Drill
2013-01-16 04:13:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover is making its way towards a flat rock with pale veins that could provide more insight into the history of Mars. Once the rover rolls up to the rock in the coming days, NASA engineers plan on drilling it for a sample during the Mars Science Laboratory mission. Curiosity sits inside Mars' Gale Crater, investigating whether the planet ever had conditions to host microbial life. The rover landed on the Red Planet...

Apophis Won’t Hit Earth In 2036
2013-01-13 08:33:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online There is a less than one-in-a-million chance that a massive asteroid, approximately as wide as three American football fields, will collide with Earth in 2036, NASA officials confirmed on Wednesday. According to MSNBC.com´s Alan Boyle, the “all-clear” was sounded by the US space agency after asteroid Apophis came within nine million miles of our planet. In fact, officials with NASA´s...

JPL Space Images App Reaches One Million Downloads
2012-12-21 17:08:11

NASA Space Images, the mobile image application from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that puts visuals direct from space missions at users' fingertips, has reached 1 million downloads. Just this year the app amassed a cadre of exciting images from many of the laboratory's missions including the Mars Curiosity rover, which made a dramatic landing on Mars in August and has sent back many novel views of the Red Planet. Vibrant explosions from dying stars, the elegant choreography of...

Space Exploration Milestone - Mariner 2 50 Years Later
2012-12-13 05:51:51

[ Watch the Video: The 50th Anniversary of Planetary Exploration ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fifty years ago this Friday, America's space exploration ushered in a new era when NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft became the first ever to study a planet other than our own. On December 14, 1962, Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to successfully make a close-up study of another planet. The event took place about 36 million miles away from Earth. To celebrate the...

Top Honors Won By Students' Toss At JPL Competition
2012-12-10 10:32:26

NASA Monroe Magnet Middle School, Inglewood, Calif., claimed victory at the annual Invention Challenge, held today at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The event drew more than 240 students, teachers and guests from 18 schools throughout Southern California. This year's challenge was to build a device capable of propelling a roll of toilet tissue in such a way that it creates a long, unbroken stream of tissue paper. The winner's device created the longest stream of...


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