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2011-08-02 12:45:26

Gas giant may hold keys to understanding solar system formation, evolution Several University of Colorado Boulder faculty and students are participating in NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter, now slated for launch Aug. 5 from Florida's Kennedy Space Center and which is expected to help steer scientists toward the right recipe for planet-making. The primary goal of the mission is to understand the origin and evolution of the massive gas planet, said CU-Boulder Professor Fran Bagenal of the...

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2011-07-23 06:13:06

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission reached a major milestone last week when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review (CDR). MAVEN, scheduled for launch in late 2013, will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The goal of MAVEN is to determine the history of the loss of atmospheric gases to space through time, providing answers about Mars climate evolution. It will accomplish this by measuring the current rate of...

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2011-06-22 13:35:00

Scientists say they have found convincing evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus has a large-scale subterranean saltwater ocean. The discovery was made using data collected during the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. The plumes of shooting water vapor and tiny grains of ice into space were originally discovered emanating from Enceladus by the Cassini spacecraft in 2005. The researchers from the University of Heidelberg and University of Colorado said during three of Cassini's passes...

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2011-04-19 13:25:00

High up in the sky near the poles some 50 miles above the ground, silvery blue clouds sometimes appear, shining brightly in the night. First noticed in 1885, these clouds are known as noctilucent, or "night shining," clouds. Their discovery spawned over a century of research into what conditions causes them to form and vary "“ questions that still tantalize scientists to this day. Since 2007, a NASA mission called Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) has shown that the cloud...

2011-02-22 22:03:24

Total Irradiance Monitor on Glory to study changes in the sun's brightness, impact on climate change A $28 million University of Colorado Boulder instrument developed to study changes in the sun's brightness and its impact on Earth's climate is one of two primary payloads on NASA's Glory mission set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb. 23. Designed and built by a team from CU-Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, the instrument called the Total...

2011-02-18 10:50:00

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will launch a University of Colorado experiment to image the sun on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket February 23, from the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE) will support measurements by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite. EVE is headed by Dr. Thomas Woods of the University of Colorado Boulder...

2011-01-26 12:00:00

To look at far off galaxies and ozone destruction closer to Earth Scientists from Virginia Tech and the University of Colorado are preparing to launch two NASA sounding rockets for two experiments at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks. The launch window for both experiments opens on Jan. 26 and extends until Feb. 15. In the experiment set to launch on Jan. 26, if winds are favorable, researchers from the University of Colorado will use a rocket at the top of its arc 200 miles above...

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2011-01-20 13:32:03

Earth's climate continues to change at a rapid pace. Last week, NASA announced that 2010 was tied as the warmest year on record. Likewise, the last decade was the warmest in the 130-year global temperature record maintained by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. Meanwhile, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, engineers are preparing NASA's next Earth-observing mission -- a satellite called Glory -- for launch in late February. The...

2011-01-20 12:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's newest Earth-observing research mission is nearing launch. The Glory mission will improve our understanding of how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate. Glory also will extend a legacy of long-term solar measurements needed to address key uncertainties about climate change. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Glory is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force...

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2011-01-15 11:02:06

Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change. In a new study of laboratory and satellite data, researchers report a lower value of that energy, known as total solar irradiance, than previously measured and demonstrate that the satellite instrument that made the measurement"”which has a new optical design and was calibrated in a new way"”has...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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