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Ranger 7 moon image
2014-07-31 12:59:54

Elizabeth Landau, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory In the early days of lunar exploration, no one knew what the surface of the moon was really like. On July 31, 1964, NASA obtained the first close-up photographs of the moon from Ranger 7, a spacecraft that made a historic impact that day. A short 1964 documentary "Lunar Bridgehead," produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, chronicles the moments leading up to and following Ranger 7 mission's lunar impact 50...

2014-07-31 12:22:34

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT today with the principal investigators of the selected instruments that will fly aboard the agency's Mars 2020 rover. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The agency announced at its headquarters in Washington that its next roving Mars laboratory will carry seven instruments that will conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet....

3d printed rocket nozzle
2014-07-29 03:30:50

Elizabeth Landau, NASA JPL / Cynthia Eller, Caltech 3-D printers can create all kinds of things, from eyeglasses to implantable medical devices, straight from a computer model and without the need for molds. But for making spacecraft, engineers sometimes need custom parts that traditional manufacturing techniques and standard 3-D printers can't create, because they need to have the properties of multiple metals. Now, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California,...

Lunokhod Crater
2014-07-29 03:45:07

Guy Webster and Dwayne Brown, NASA NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover. "Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world," said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "This is so...

comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
2014-07-26 03:00:29

Preston Dyches, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Surface structures are becoming visible in new images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the scientific imaging system OSIRIS onboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft. The resolution of these images is now 330 feet (100 meters) per pixel. One of the most striking features is currently found in the comet's neck region. This part of 67P seems to be brighter than the rest of the nucleus. As earlier images had already shown,...

comet Catalina
2014-07-24 03:00:33

Elizabeth Landau, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) has been observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft just one day after passing through its closest approach to the sun. The comet glows brightly in infrared wavelengths, with a dust tail streaking more than 62,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) across the sky. Its spectacular activity is driven by the vaporization of ice that has been preserved from the time of planet...

super earth Kepler-93b
2014-07-24 03:00:38

Whitney Clavin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Thanks to NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet outside our solar system. The size of the exoplanet, dubbed Kepler-93b, is now known to an uncertainty of just 74 miles (119 kilometers) on either side of the planetary body. [ Watch: ScienceCasts: Sizing Up An Exoplanet ] The findings confirm Kepler-93b as a "super-Earth" that is about one-and-a-half times...

Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
2014-07-18 03:57:18

Elizabeth Landau, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ed Stone, project scientist of NASA's Voyager mission since 1972, and former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, was honored with a lifetime achievement award on Wednesday from the American Astronautical Society. Stone received this honor "for sustained and extraordinary contributions to America's space programs, including innovative planetary missions in support of unmanned exploration of the solar...

Laser-Induced Spark on Mars
2014-07-17 04:00:42

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Flashes appear on a baseball-size Martian rock in a series of images taken Saturday, July 12 by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. The flashes occurred while the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument fired multiple laser shots to investigate the rock's composition. ChemCam's laser has zapped more than 600 rock and soil targets on Mars since Curiosity landed in the planet's Gale...

jupiter impact
2014-07-16 07:16:48

Preston Dyches, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Twenty years ago, human and robotic eyes observed the first recorded impact between cosmic bodies in the solar system, as fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into the atmosphere of Jupiter. Between July 16 and July 22, 1994, space- and Earth-based assets managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, joined an armada of other NASA and international telescopes, straining to get a glimpse of the historic event: -...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'