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NASA Mars Odyssey Orbiter Gets Back To Work
2012-11-13 05:29:56

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We found out this week that the NASA Mars Odyssey orbiter, launched in 2001, had stopped working. It was no longer sending us vital information from our planned missions to the red planet. We also learned that this was completely intentional. This is because the Odyssey was completing a planned switch-over to a set of redundant equipment that included its main computing system. The transition to equipment that had not been in...

NASA Curiosity Team Changes From Mars To Earth Time
2012-11-07 08:12:07

[WATCH VIDEO: Living On Mars Time] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been three months since NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet. During this time, the team operating the mission has been operating on “Mars time.” Because an average day (called a Sol on Mars) is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, the team´s daily start times had been moving a few hours later each week, resulting in many overnight shifts. Due...

Mars Odyssey Switching Computers
2012-11-02 13:01:45

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, already the longest-working spacecraft ever sent to Mars, will switch to some fresh, redundant equipment next week that has not been used since before launch in 2001. Like many spacecraft, this orbiter carries a pair of redundant main computers, so that a backup is available if one fails. Odyssey's "A-side" computer and "B-side" computer each have several other redundant subsystems linked to just that computer. The Odyssey team...

NASA Employee Was Not Fired For His Beliefs: Judge
2012-11-02 12:35:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A judge has determined that a former computer specialists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was not let go because he advocated his belief in intelligent design while at work. David Coppedge worked on NASA's Cassini mission to explore Saturn for 15 years, until he was fired by the space agency in 2011. Coppedge claimed he was demoted in 2009, then fired for engaging his co-workers in conversations about intelligent design and for...

How Nutrients Affect Plant Productivity Mapped By NASA
2012-11-02 06:46:06

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new analysis led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has estimated how much the growth of plants worldwide is limited by the amount of nutrients available in their soil. The maps produced from the research will be particularly useful in evaluating how much carbon dioxide Earth's ecosystems may be able to soak up as greenhouse gas levels increase. A research team led by JPL research scientist Josh Fisher used 19 years of data from NASA,...

Cassini Shows Titan Glow In The Dark On Halloween
2012-11-01 06:21:22

NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory A literal shot in the dark by imaging cameras on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has yielded an image of a visible glow from Titan, emanating not just from the top of Titan's atmosphere, but also - surprisingly - from deep in the atmosphere through the moon's haze. A person in a balloon in Titan's haze layer wouldn't see the glow because it's too faint - something like a millionth of a watt. Scientists were able to detect it with Cassini because the spacecraft's...

Thick And Thin Of Gulf Oil Spill Penetrated By NASA Radar
2012-10-26 08:44:43

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have developed a method to use a specialized NASA 3-D imaging radar to characterize the oil in oil spills, such as the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The research can be used to improve response operations during future marine oil spills. Caltech graduate student Brent Minchew and JPL researchers Cathleen Jones and Ben Holt analyzed NASA radar imagery collected...

Jupiter In Turmoil From Above And Below
2012-10-18 07:46:08

[ Watch the Video: What is Jupiter? ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In ancient Rome, Jupiter was the King of the gods and the god of sky and thunder with his mighty thunderbolt. He would certainly be pleased with the changes occurring on his namesake planet. Jupiter the planet is continually being peppered with small space rocks, the atmosphere is changing colors in wide belts, hotspots are vanishing and reappearing, and clouds are gathering and dissipating over...

UT Austin Has Been Selected As Research And Education Partner By NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
2012-10-17 11:41:04

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected The University of Texas at Austin for its Strategic University Research Partnership program – a federally funded program focused on advancing space exploration. The partnership will enable the university and JPL researchers to propose collaborative research and educational projects in strategic focus areas such as robotics, nanosatellites and high-precision mapping. The program also creates an employment pipeline for JPL's future...

NASA Team's Hunt For Battle Creek Meteorite
2012-10-13 08:15:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you ever had a solution that needed a problem?  No, I'm not saying that backwards. That's the strange predicament that Peter Willis and his team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) found themselves in recently. "My team and I came up with a new lab on a chip," said Willis, a scientist at JPL's Microdevices Lab. "It essentially miniaturizes an automated sample processing and analysis instrument that could be put aboard...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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