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Cassini Captures New Images Of Saturnian Moons
2011-12-13 04:35:07

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its closest-ever pass over Saturn's moon Dione on Monday, Dec. 12, slaloming its way through the Saturn system on its way to tomorrow's close flyby of Titan. Cassini is expected to glide about 2,200 miles (3,600 kilometers) over the Titan surface on Dec. 13. In the selection of the raw images obtained during the Cassini Dione flyby, Dione is sometimes joined by other moons. Mimas appears just beyond the dark side of Dione in one view. In...

NASA Presents Software Of The Year Award
2011-12-09 04:13:00

Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS), novel autonomy software that has been operating on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity since December 2009, is NASA's 2011 Software of the Year recipient. The AEGIS software, developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., autonomously directs Opportunity's cameras to interesting science targets. AEGIS was developed to enhance the usual targeting process involving scientists on the ground, which can...

'Mysteries' Slideshow Highlights Spooky Side of Space
2011-11-02 03:35:12

Prepare to be awed by some of the solar system's spookiest mysteries in a Halloween slideshow from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The all-new slideshow features puzzlers like the disappearing "bunny" on Mars, the Saturn "hex" and Jupiter's scar face, plus commentary from JPL scientists. Visit the JPL Education website at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/mysteries/ to view the Flash slideshow and try your hand at solving these stellar mysteries. JPL is a division of the California...

2011-10-11 15:00:00

âœThe American Rocketeer,â âœExplorer 1â and âœDestination Moonâ are produced by JPL and will air on KCET throughout November. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2011 A documentary triology entitled Beginnings of the Space Age explores the intriguing characters and pivotal events that helped establish NASAâs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as the...

2011-07-26 07:14:14

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, Calif., have announced a partnership to develop a range of advanced technologies that can be used in harsh environments, both on Earth and in space. "We are proud that the same pool of talent that sends rovers to Mars, explores our universe and studies Earth's environment will help contribute advanced technology towards our energy future here on Earth," said JPL Director Charles Elachi. Elachi and Paul...

2011-05-15 00:02:35

To help customers understand the value of their water service, New Jersey American Water created three educational online videos. Produced by Harrisburg, PA communications company JPL, the "Water and You" videos are hosted by an animated water drop named "Splash" and make learning about water easy and fun. Harrisburg, PA (PRWEB) May 13, 2011 New Jersey American Water is now using online videos to educate customers about its water service. The three "Water and You" videos star "Splash," an...

2011-04-27 09:15:00

Design techniques honed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for Mars rovers were used to create the rover currently examining the inside of Japan's nuclear reactors, in areas not yet deemed safe for human crews. The iRobot PackBot employs technologies used previously in the design of "Rocky-7," which served as a terrestrial test bed at JPL for the current twin Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. PackBot's structural features are modeled after Rocky-7, including the...

2011-04-20 09:19:30

The director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Charles Elachi, is receiving multiple awards and honors this year in the United States and overseas. "I'm extremely pleased to receive all these honors, which reflect the groundbreaking research and projects I've had the opportunity to work on with my colleagues at Caltech, JPL and NASA through the years," Elachi said. This week, Elachi accepted the 2011 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award from the Space Foundation. The...

2011-03-08 14:07:42

In which direction is the sun's stream of charged particles banking when it nears the edge of the solar system? The answer, scientists know, is blowing in the wind. It's just a matter of getting NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in the right orientation to detect it. To enable Voyager 1's Low Energy Charged Particle instrument to gather these data, the spacecraft performed a maneuver on March 7 that it hadn't done for 21 years, except in a preparatory test last month. At 9:10 a.m. PST (12:10 p.m....

2011-01-21 14:58:54

As NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft made the only close approach to date of our mysterious seventh planet Uranus 25 years ago, Project Scientist Ed Stone and the Voyager team gathered at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to pore over the data coming in. Images of the small, icy Uranus moon Miranda were particularly surprising. Since small moons tend to cool and freeze over rapidly after their formation, scientists had expected a boring, ancient surface, pockmarked by...

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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'