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Asteroid Imaged By Deep Space Network Antenna
2012-11-06 06:27:07

NASA Statement Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have obtained several radar images depicting near-Earth asteroid 2007 PA8. The images were generated from data collected at Goldstone on Oct. 28, 29 and 30, 2012. The asteroid's distance from Earth on Oct. 28 was 6.5 million miles (10 million kilometers). The asteroid's distance to Earth was 5.6 million miles (9 million kilometers) on Oct. 30. The perspective in the...

NASA Test Drives Rover To Prepare For Mars Exploration
2012-05-16 03:33:42

Members from NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission preformed a “test drive” of the Mars rover in Dumont Dunes in California's Mojave Desert last week. The test rover, similar to the rover Curiosity that is currently on its way to land on Mars in August, will expand understanding of the optimum method of controlling Curiosity when it is ready to explore Mars. Equipped with the same version of Curiosity´s mobility system, almost everything else on the test rover was removed...

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2012-05-06 07:46:30

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center may not be as sexy as Kennedy Space Center, but its research is crucial to the advancement of the space industry. Dryden had its NASA Social event on Friday, with 60 social media followers in attendance.  It was essentially an adult space camp for a science geek. During the event, officials at the center took us behind the scenes to get a look at what kind of research is being done at Dryden. David McBride,...

Dryden's First NASA Social Kicks Off Today
2012-05-04 09:16:26

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The NASA social is about to begin at the Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base in California, and those attending the event could not be more excited. NASA invited 60 social media guests to Dryden to see what this leg of the U.S. space agency is all about. During the event, NASA's guests will get to hear Kevin Rohrer, NASA's Chief of the Office of Strategic Communications, speak, as well as David McBride, Dryden´s Center Director....

Introducing The X-56A MUTT: Who Let The Dog Out?
2012-03-07 11:50:59

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center soon will have a new dog in the yard, and it's a real MUTT. That's short for the Multi-Use Technology Testbed, a small unmanned aircraft being developed by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to test technologies that will be needed for new kinds of lightweight, flexible aircraft. MUTT is one of the Air Force's newest X-planes, designated X-56A. The 7.5-foot-long aircraft has a 28-foot wingspan and will be powered by two 52-pound thrust JetCat...


Latest Mojave desert Reference Libraries

Joshua Tree National Park
2013-04-18 01:11:37

Joshua Tree National Park is located in the southeastern portion of the state of California in the United States. The park contains 790,636 acres, of which 429,690 acres comprises a designated wilderness, and was named for the Joshua trees that are native to the area. The park features rock formations that are thought to have been formed nearly one million years ago by cooling lava. These include rectangular and spherical rocks. Joshua Tree National Park occurs along the borders of San...

Zion National Park
2013-04-17 14:54:52

Zion National Park is located near Springdale, Utah in the southwestern United States. The park holds 146,597 acres of protect land that was once inhabited by Native American tribes like the Parowan Fremont and Basketmaker Anasazi tribes. The Mormons were the first people of European ancestry to inhabit the area and in 1863, Isaac Behunin, the man who is credited with naming the area, moved into Zion Canyon. This canyon spans across 229 square miles and was used for farming and ranching by...

Death Valley National Park
2013-04-17 12:51:27

Death Valley National Park is located in Nevada and California in the United States. Many tribes of nomadic Native Americans originally inhabited the area, like the Timbisha tribe that was present around 1,000 AD. It was discovered by American and European settlers who were searching for a shortcut to the gold mines in California. The valley was given its name by this group, despite the fact that only one of their party died there. In the late 19th and early 20th century, many boomtowns were...

Mojave Ground Squirrel, Xerospermophilus mohavensis
2012-07-25 13:51:49

The Mojave ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus mohavensis) is native only to the Mojave Desert in California. Frank Stephens discovered this squirrel in 1886. Its range includes areas of Inyo, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Kern counties. It can be found in Joshua tree woodlands, saltbush scrub, Mojave mixed woody scrub, and saltbush scrub. The preferred habitat of the Mojave ground squirrel contains abundant forage like spiny hopsage and winterfat, which allows the squirrels to live...

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2005-06-15 12:58:48

Zebra-tailed lizards are lizards of the genus Callisaurus in the reptile order Sauamata. These lizards live in open desert with fairly hard-packed soil, scattered vegetation and/or scattered rocks, typically desert flats, washes and plains. They range from 2.5 to 4 in (60 to 100 mm) in length. These lizards are gray to sandy brown, usually with series of paired dark gray spots down the back that become black bands on the tail. The underside of tail is white with black bands. Males have a...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.