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Space Exploration Milestone - Mariner 2 50 Years Later
2012-12-13 05:51:51

[ Watch the Video: The 50th Anniversary of Planetary Exploration ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fifty years ago this Friday, America's space exploration ushered in a new era when NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft became the first ever to study a planet other than our own. On December 14, 1962, Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to successfully make a close-up study of another planet. The event took place about 36 million miles away from Earth. To celebrate the...

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2011-06-08 13:28:33

Robert Strom Forty years ago, in 1971, I became a member of the Mariner 10 imaging science team. This Mercury flyby mission was intended to gather atmospheric data at Venus and geological and geophysical data at Mercury in preparation for a Mercury orbiter mission. At that time we knew almost nothing about the innermost planet, and the Mariner 10 flybys were intended to help in the selection of an instrument payload for an orbital mission. The Mariner 10 spacecraft flew by Venus once and...

2009-05-27 07:30:00

HOUSTON, May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mariner Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ME) announced today the startup of production from Geauxpher, a deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico on Garden Banks Block 462. Geauxpher lies in water depths of approximately 2,700 feet more than 150 miles from the Louisiana coast. The development includes two wells with current gross production of approximately 115 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day (MMcfe/d). The wells are connected via...

2009-01-05 15:56:00

- Increases working interest to 53.8% - Estimated proved reserves acquired for less than $1.85 per Mcf HOUSTON, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mariner Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ME) today announced that it has purchased an additional 11.6% working interest in the Bass Lite natural gas field (Atwater Valley Block 426) from Energy Resource Technology (ERT) for approximately $32.6 million. The purchase price is subject to customary post-closing adjustments. The acquisition provides internally...

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2008-08-01 05:30:00

Long ago, someone stood alone on a sandy shore and gazed longingly out at the seemingly endless expanse of ocean, over a horizon suffused softly with ocean mist, musing "I wonder, what's out there?" Then, they fashioned a boat, rigged it with a large cloth to catch the wind, and set sail. Not quite so long ago, someone stood alone on a sandy shore and gazed longingly up at the seemingly endless expanse of space, suffused softly with sparkling stars, musing "I wonder, what's out there?" Then,...

2008-06-17 09:01:02

HOUSTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mariner Energy, Inc. today announced a deepwater discovery on its Geauxpher prospect located on Garden Banks Block 462. The well, which lies in water depths of approximately 2,700 feet, was drilled to a total depth of 23,156 feet (measured depth). Mariner estimates the field's gross proved and probable reserves on the block to be approximately 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent. Development is underway with initial production...


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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