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Smile And Wave At Saturn!
2013-07-19 04:43:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Cassini spacecraft, currently orbiting around Saturn, will be poised to snap an image of Earth on Friday, and the space agency is asking the public to photobomb the picture. Cassini will be positioned to take an image of Earth through the rings of Saturn, and NASA is asking everyone to go outside and get in the picture. "Cassini has photographed Earth before, but this will be the first time Earthlings know in advance their...

Cassini Mission's Final Plans Laid Out
2012-03-26 12:09:00

The Cassini space probe will be diving into a gap between Saturn's atmosphere and its innermost ring for the final part of its mission in 2016. Linda Spilker, the mission's project scientist, outlined the details of the spacecraft's final leg recently at the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in the Woodlands, Texas. Cassini's last set of orbits may bring scientists a new perspective, and help unlock more clues about Saturn's rings. The spacecraft will carry out about...

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2009-10-23 15:15:00

As Saturn's rings orbit the planet, a section is typically in the planet's shadow, experiencing a brief night lasting from 6 to 14 hours. However, once approximately every 15 years, night falls over the entire visible ring system for about four days. This happens during Saturn's equinox, when the sun is directly over Saturn's equator. At this time, the rings, which also orbit directly over the planet's equator, appear edge-on to the sun. During equinox, light from the sun hits the ring...

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2009-08-10 09:40:00

In 1918, magician extraordinaire Harry Houdini created a sensation when he made a 10,000 pound elephant disappear before a mystified audience of over 5,200 at New York's famed Hippodrome theatre. But a vanishing pachyderm is nothing compared to the magnificent illusion to be performed by our solar system's own sixth rock from the sun on Aug. 11. On that day, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, the planet Saturn, with no help from either Jupiter or Uranus, will make its...

2009-08-08 06:10:40

In 1918, magician extraordinaire Harry Houdini created a sensation when he made a 10,000 pound elephant disappear before a mystified audience of over 5,200 at New York's famed Hippodrome theatre. But a vanishing pachyderm is nothing compared to the magnificent illusion to be performed by our solar system's own sixth rock from the sun on Aug. 11. On that day, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, the planet Saturn, with no help from either Jupiter or Uranus, will make its...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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