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Curiosity's Descent Captured By Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
2012-08-06 11:56:49

[ Watch the Video: Curiosity Lands On Mars ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced during a press conference today that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) was able to snap a photo of Curiosity as it entered into the Martian atmosphere last night. As Curiosity made history last night, MRO was able to take a picture of the Mars Science Laboratory as it rode down with its parachute into Mars. Sarah Malkovich, NASA's High Rise Investigation...

Get Ready For Seven Minutes Of Terror
2012-08-05 14:44:03

[ Follow Our Live Blog Coverage ] | [ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity Rover is approaching the red planet at about 8,000 mph, on the way to its date with destiny and the history books. However, that is not the upper limit of speed for Curiosity. Mar's gravity is taking hold and pulling the rover down hard. By the time the spacecraft hits the top of Mars' atmosphere, about seven minutes before touchdown, Martian...

Martian Gravity Pulling Hard At Curiosity Rover
2012-08-05 04:05:56

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] NASA/JPL The gravitational tug of Mars is now pulling NASA's car-size geochemistry laboratory, Curiosity, in for a suspenseful landing this evening. "After flying more than eight months and 350 million miles since launch, the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is now right on target to fly through the eye of the needle that is our target at the top of the Mars atmosphere," said Mission Manager Arthur Amador of NASA's Jet Propulsion...

Mars Express Ready For Sunday's Main Event
2012-08-04 04:23:33

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's Mars Express has adjusted its sites, and is targeting the spot for Curiosity's landing this Sunday night. Mars Express will assist NASA in monitoring the delivery of Curiosity to the Red Planet in its "seven minutes of terror" descent. The ESA spacecraft has already helped out NASA in providing information to refine its landing target. The Mars Science...

Curiosity Closing In On Mars For Seven Minutes Of Terror
2012-07-31 07:23:04

[ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new monumental moment is approaching as the newest Martian rover closes in on its journey towards the Red Planet. Curiosity has been trekking through space since last November, and will be completing its 352-million-mile journey on August 5, 10:31 Pacific time. This Sunday, redOrbit will be bringing you live coverage of the event, nicknamed "seven minutes of terror," from the Jet...

Fireworks Over Mars
2012-07-02 16:16:59

One month and a day after celebrating its independence with fireworks exhibitions throughout the country, America will carry its penchant for awe-inspiring aerial pyrotechnic displays to the skies of another world. Some pyrotechnics will be as small as the energy released by a box of matches. One packs the same oomph as a stick of TNT. Whether they be large or small, on the evening of August 5th (Pacific time), all 76 must work on cue as NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, carried by the Mars...

Future Mars Mission Submissions Pour In To NASA
2012-05-25 10:58:59

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com NASA said it has received 400 mission concepts from scientists and engineers for a future Mars mission. Scientists and engineers submitted their ideas to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop in Houston, which was an event put together by NASA's Mars Exploration Program. Both individuals and teams submitted their visions to the NASA program for a new strategy to explore the Red Planet. The space agency is reformulating the Mars...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'