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Radiation Dangers From Manned Mars Trip
2013-05-30 13:20:16

John P. Millis, Ph.D. and Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There are many barriers that stand in the way of sending a human team to the surface of Mars. But near the top of the list of dangers would have to be the radiation exposure during the round trip voyage through the solar system. Clearly, a detailed understanding of the exposure levels is key in planning any mission to the Red Planet. To this end, the recent mission that carried NASA´s Curiosity...

Mars Stones And Pebbles Hint At Watery Past
2013-05-30 13:06:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Another piece of evidence has emerged that gives more weight to the argument that the Red Planet could have had a wet history. NASA's Curiosity rover currently roving around on Mars has snapped images of gravel and pebbles. Researchers writing in the journal Science say that the shapes and sizes of these rounded pebbles clearly show that there has been flowing water on Mars. Curiosity's stereo camera took photos of a few areas with...

Curiosity Rover Drills For A Second Time On Martian Rock
2013-05-20 14:39:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A little more than three months ago NASA´s Curiosity rover drilled into the Martian surface for the first time, collecting a sample from a rock called “John Klein.” On Sunday, Curiosity was at it again, this time drilling into the “Cumberland” rock. Portions of the drill sample should be delivered to Curiosity´s onboard laboratory for further analysis in the coming days, according to a NASA...

NASA, US Air Force Need More Robust Spaceflight Processors
2013-05-16 14:00:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA and the US Air Force (USAF) Research Laboratory said they are looking for four companies to research and develop high-performance spaceflight computing capabilities. The new Air Force Next Generation Space Processor Analysis Program seeks to find companies to perform a yearlong evaluation of advanced, space-based applications that would use spaceflight processors for the 2020 to 2030 time frame. NASA decided to join the Air...

Curiosity Rover Makes Second Drill In Martian Rock
2013-05-10 11:37:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a month without contact with their rover, the Mars Curiosity team has selected their next target for drilling: a flat rock called Cumberland. According to a NASA statement, Cumberland is about nine feet west of Curiosity's first drilling target, a Martian stone they've dubbed John Klein. In February, Curiosity took the first rock sample ever collected on Mars from that rock. An on-board analysis of John Klein found signs of an...

NASA Curiosity Rover Receives Prestigious Awards
2013-05-10 07:52:58

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards. The National Aeronautic Association will present its Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Mars Science Laboratory Team of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at an event in Arlington, Va., Thursday night. At an event in Washington on...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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