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Former NASA Investigator On The Hunt For Missing Moon Rocks
2012-05-14 07:35:10

In December 2011, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin issued a report stating that more than 500 pieces of moon rocks, meteorites, and other debris from space were either stolen or have been missing since 1970. Now, a Houston lawyer is on a mission to identify and possibly recover many of these rare treasures. The moon rocks he is on the hunt for were brought back to Earth and then subsequently lost after being loaned to scientists, museums and agencies throughout the world. The samples...

Image 1 - Dutch Scientists Analyze Lack Of Lunar Volcanoes
2012-02-20 05:22:27

A team of Dutch scientists believe that they have discovered why there are no active volcanoes on the Moon, even though recent seismic activity suggests that there is a good amount of magma below the surface. According to Olivia Solon of Wired.co.uk, Mirjam van Kan Parker and Wim van Westrenen from VU University Amsterdam and their colleagues produced microscopic copies of moon rock collected during the Apollo missions, then melted them at extremely high pressures and temperatures in order...

GRAIL Spacecraft Returns First Video
2012-02-02 11:34:44

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has returned its first unique view of the far side of the moon. The space agency said that in the video, the north pole of the moon is visible at the top of the screen as the spacecraft flies toward the lunar south pole. One prominent geological feature seen on the lower third of the moon is the mare Orientale, which is a 560-mile wide crater that lies on both the moon's near and far side. Towards...

Scientists Asking Volunteers To Help Search For Aliens On Moon
2011-12-28 06:07:13

Scientists are suggesting that volunteers may be needed to help scan through images of the moon in an attempt to try and identify signs of aliens. Paul Davis and Robert Wagner of Arizona State University suggest in a paper that volunteers could sift through the 340,000 images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to search for signs of extra-terrestrial life. "Although there is only a tiny probability that alien technology would have left traces on the moon in the form of an...

Lunar Probes To Reach Destination Over The Weekend
2011-12-27 05:31:49

Two spacecraft set to study the moon will enter our celestial neighbor's orbit over New Year's weekend. NASA's twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) probes have been independently traveling to their destination since launching in September and will arrive 24 hours apart from each other. The paths of the spacecrafts are right on target, making it unnecessary for engineers to move them into position. "Both spacecraft have performed essentially flawlessly since...

Apollo Moon Rock On Public Display At Arizona State University
2011-11-04 03:19:12

A lunar sample from a rock that once sat on the surface of the moon will be on public display at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, AZ beginning November 5, 2011. The golf ball-sized moon rock, on a long-term loan to ASU from NASA, will be on display in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Visitor Gallery on ASU´s Tempe campus. Weighing 77 grams, or about 2.7 ounces, the lunar sample comes from a larger moon rock that was collected by Apollo 15 astronauts. The...

Elderly Woman Claims Government Agents Roughed Her Up Over Moon Rocks
2011-10-26 13:42:34

According to an exclusive Associated Press (AP) report, a 74-year-old women claims that government agents roughed her up over some lunar dust. The report said Joann Davis, a grandmother who says she was trying to raise money for her sick son by selling the lunar dust, landed herself in a sting operation at a Denny's restaurant in Riverside County. She said she pulled out the moon sample and about half a dozen sheriff's deputies and NASA investigators rushed into the restaurant. ...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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