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Curiosity Blasts Off En Route To Mars
2011-11-26 09:32:40

[ Watch the Launch Video ] The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft and the rover known as Curiosity are on their way to the Red Planet after lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 shortly after 10am EST Saturday. An Atlas V rocket carrying MSL successfully ignited and cleared the tower at 10:02am Eastern on November 26, according to NASA's official launch blog. Approximately four minutes later, the first stage exhausted its propellant and...

2011-11-25 18:10:31

Highlights Local Firm on Eve of Small Business Saturday NASA Administrator Charles Bolden toured Kegman Inc. of Melbourne, Fla., one company that supplied technology and engineering support to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover. Bolden's tour of Kegman coincided with the Second Annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. "On Saturday, NASA will be...

NASA's Curiosity Rover Ready For Saturday Launch
2011-11-25 12:32:44

NASA will be embarking on its fourth rover mission to Mars on Saturday with the launch of the long-anticipated rover Curiosity. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover will take off aboard an Atlas V rocket at 10:02 a.m. (EST) on Saturday. The spacecraft will arrive at Mars in August 2012 to investigate whether the landing region has had environmental conditions favorable for supporting microbial life. Curiosity is equipped with the most advanced suit of instruments for...

Image 1 - Reliable Nuclear Device To Heat, Power Mars Science Lab
2011-11-22 04:33:19

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is scheduled to launch this week, has the potential to be the most productive Mars surface mission in history. That's due in part to its nuclear heat and power source. When the rover Curiosity heads to space as early as Saturday, it will carry the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on Mars' surface. Those instruments will get their lifeblood from a radioisotope power system assembled and tested at Idaho National Laboratory. The...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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