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NASA Spacecraft Monitoring Martian Dust Storm
2012-11-22 07:52:09

NASA/JPL Report A Martian dust storm that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking since last week has also produced atmospheric changes detectable by rovers on Mars. Using the orbiter's Mars Color Imager, Bruce Cantor of Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, began observing the storm on Nov. 10, and subsequently reported it to the team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The storm came no closer than about 837 miles (1,347 kilometers) from Opportunity,...

NASA Holding Back 'History Book' Find Until Confirmed
2012-11-21 11:31:04

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NPR reported on Tuesday that NASA has some exciting news about a discovery with its Curiosity rover that could be "one for the history books." According to NPR's Joe Palca, NASA is keeping its lips sealed on a Mars discovery until everything is verified. After visiting with John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the rover mission, Palca found out that the data coming down from Curiosity now "is gonna be one for the history...

Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares For Thanksgiving Celebration Festivities
2012-11-20 15:53:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It may not be in the company of little Martians, but NASA's Curiosity is determined to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with, or without, the company of extra-terrestrials. For its Thanksgiving festivities, the rover plans to use its Mast Camera (Mastcam) to examine possible routes and targets to the east. NASA said its priority is to choose a rock for the first use of the rover's hammering drill, which will collect samples...

Mars Did Have Life-Supporting Water At One Time
2012-11-15 16:16:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New research published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters shows that water once existed on Mars that was sufficiently warm enough to support life. University of Leicester and The Open University researchers determined that water temperatures on Mars ranged from 122 degrees Fahrenheit to 302 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists found that microbes can live in water with similar temperatures on earth in the...

Mars Rover Experiences Dust Devil
2012-11-15 14:44:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced on Thursday during a teleconference that its Curiosity rover has experienced its first whirlwind on Mars. Although the rover did not snap a photo of the whirlwind, Curiosity's Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) was able to help detect the dust devil. REMS detected brief dips in air pressure, along with a change in wind direction, leading NASA scientists to determine that there was a whirlwind passing by...

Mars Rover Instrument Tastes Soil
2012-11-14 04:54:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity got a taste of solids from the Martian surface on November 9th, when a pinch of fine sand and dust was deposited in the biggest instrument on the rover: the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM). SAM is located inside the rover and examines the chemistry of samples it ingests, checking specifically for chemistry related to supporting life. The sample was delivered to an inlet port on the rover deck by Curiosity's robotic arm. For...

NASA Curiosity Team Changes From Mars To Earth Time
2012-11-07 08:12:07

[WATCH VIDEO: Living On Mars Time] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been three months since NASA´s Mars Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet. During this time, the team operating the mission has been operating on “Mars time.” Because an average day (called a Sol on Mars) is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, the team´s daily start times had been moving a few hours later each week, resulting in many overnight shifts. Due...


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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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