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RapidScat instrument
2014-05-16 03:00:23

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new NASA Earth-observing mission that will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The International Space Station (ISS)-RapidScat scatterometer instrument arrived May 12 after a cross-country trip from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The...

NASA Scientists Use GPS To Find Sierra Water Weight
2014-05-11 03:18:48

Carol Rasmussen, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory For the first time, NASA scientists have used GPS to find the total weight of winter snowpack and soil moisture in California's Sierra Nevada. The new results complement other satellite measurements and could provide a reality check for computer models used to estimate the state's water and snowpack. A team led by Donald Argus of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., studied data from 1,069 GPS research sites in...

curiosity drilling windjana
2014-05-07 06:01:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity Rover has drilled into a slab of Martian sandstone from which portions of rock powder will be delivered into the rover's internal instruments. Early Tuesday, Curiosity rover team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received confirmation of the rover's third successful acquisition of a drilled rock sample from the target rock "Windjana." Created by Curiosity's hammering drill, the new hole is 0.63 inch...

How Does Your Garden Glow?
2014-05-06 03:02:17

By Laurie J. Schmidt, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Science is full of serendipity -- moments when discoveries happen by chance or accident while researchers are looking for something else. For example, penicillin was identified when a blue-green mold grew on a Petri dish that had been left open by mistake. Now, satellite instruments have given climate researchers at NASA and other research institutions an unexpected global view from space of a nearly invisible fluorescent glow that...

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Satellite Arrives At Launch Site
2014-05-02 03:28:08

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 arrived Wednesday at its launch site on California's central coast after traveling from Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert, Ariz. The spacecraft now will undergo final tests and then be integrated on top of a...

Ganymede
2014-05-02 06:23:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While astronomers have long believed that Jupiter’s moon Ganymede was home to a thick ocean sandwiched between two layers of ice, a new NASA-funded research project now claims that the largest natural satellite in our solar system could actually have several layers of ice and ocean stacked one upon another. Writing in the journal Planetary and Space Science, Steve Vance of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena,...

asteroids seen from mars surface
2014-04-25 05:47:16

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is the first ever from the surface of Mars to show an asteroid, and it shows two: Ceres and Vesta. These two -- the largest and third-largest bodies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter -- are the destinations of NASA's Dawn mission.  Dawn orbited Vesta in 2011 and 2012, and is on its way to begin orbiting Ceres next year. Ceres is a dwarf planet, as well as an asteroid. Ceres and Vesta...

2014-04-18 12:20:34

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of live and online activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency's mission to better understand and protect our home planet. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This year, for the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth Science missions will be launched into space in the same year. These new missions will help address...

New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory Of Life's Origins
2014-04-16 11:27:36

Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately transformed into slime molds, frogs, elephants, humans and the rest of our planet's living kingdoms. How did it all begin? A new study from researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the Icy Worlds team at NASA's...

Creating Better Soybeans For A Hot, Dry, Hungry World
2014-04-16 10:02:09

Carol Rasmussen, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new study shows that soybean plants can be redesigned to increase crop yields while requiring less water and helping to offset greenhouse gas warming. The study is the first to demonstrate that a major food crop can be modified to meet multiple goals at the same time. The study, led by Darren Drewry of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., used an advanced vegetation model and high-performance computer optimization...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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