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NASA In Final Preps For Nov. 8 Asteroid Flyby
2011-10-27 04:30:32

NASA scientists will be tracking asteroid 2005 YU55 with antennas of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., as the space rock safely flies past Earth slightly closer than the moon's orbit on Nov. 8. Scientists are treating the flyby of the 1,300-foot-wide (400-meter) asteroid as a science target of opportunity - allowing instruments on "spacecraft Earth" to scan it during the close pass. Tracking of the aircraft carrier-sized asteroid will begin at 9:30 a.m. local time (PDT)...

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2011-07-02 07:23:56

NASA scientists are seeing new evidence that suggests traces of water on Mars are under a thin varnish of iron oxide, or rust, similar to conditions found on desert rocks in California's Mojave Desert. Mars could be spotted with many more patches of carbonates than originally suspected. Carbonates are minerals that form readily in large bodies of water and can point to a planet's wet history. Although only a few small outcrops of carbonates have been detected on Mars, scientists believe many...

2011-05-01 00:09:04

Pre-IPO Investor's Portfolio Company Proposes Initial Public Offering Greenwood Village, Colorado (PRWEB) April 29, 2011 On April 22, 2011, one of Keating Capital, Inc.'s portfolio companies, BrightSource Energy, Inc., filed an S-1 registration statement for a proposed initial public offering of up to $250 million of its common stock. The number of shares and the offering price have not been determined. According to the S-1 filing, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Citigroup Global Markets, Inc....

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2011-04-12 14:14:45

Google said on Monday that it has invested $168 million to help complete the construction of one of the world's largest solar energy power plants. Bright Source Energy is developing the plant, which is located in California's Mojave Desert. It will generate 392 gross megawatts (MW) of clean solar energy when it is completed in 2013, enough to supply power to 85,000 homes a year. "That's the equivalent of taking more than 90,000 cars off the road over the lifetime of the plant, projected to...

2011-02-01 18:14:00

CANTIL, Calif., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Friends of Jawbone: A federal judge Saturday declined to restrict public access to some 5,000 miles of roads and trails in the West Mojave desert. A coalition of environmental groups had asked United States District Judge Susan Illston to allow only the use of street legal vehicles across the 9.3 million acre planning area of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) West Mojave Plan (WEMO). Illston...

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2011-01-18 10:18:19

Employees at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., must have been surprised last November to see a late-model Dodge Charger chasing a NASA aircraft down the runway. Looking closer, they saw that the white sedan with blue trim was clearly marked as a NASA vehicle equipped with emergency light bar affixed to the roof and NASA logos all around. The aircraft is a NASA ER-2, a civilian version of the Air Force's high-altitude U-2S. Based at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale,...

2011-01-13 10:38:00

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bureau Veritas is pleased to announce that it has been selected to act as Compliance Manager by the Department of Interior - Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the Ivanpah Solar Power Complex Project. Owned by BrightSource Energy, the Ivanpah Complex will be the largest in the world once it is completed in mid-2012. "This project is a great step in the move toward renewable, environmentally-friendly power solutions for California," said...

2011-01-11 08:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Energy has received an order for the supply of an SPPA-T3000 instrumentation & controls (I&C) system and two steam turbine-generators for the Ivanpah solar thermal power plant located in the Mojave desert in California. The purchaser is BrightSource Energy Inc., a developer of utility-scale solar thermal power plants headquartered in Oakland, California. Siemens will supply the SPPA-T3000 for all three units of the Ivanpah...

2010-11-18 01:30:00

GENEVA and SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Etrion Corporation (TSX: ETX) (OMX: ETX), an independent solar power producer, and SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWRA, SPWRB), a US-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, today announced an agreement to build two solar power plants, totaling 10 megawatts, in the Puglia region of Italy. Etrion will own the power plants, and SunPower will design, construct and provide operations and...

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2010-08-06 19:15:56

Eight high school students who participated in the INSPIRE internship program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center this summer learned first-hand about the start-to-finish process of flight testing experimental aircraft.NASA Dryden controls and dynamics engineer Brian Taylor, who served as mentor to the INSPIRE interns, said the students modeled, tested, and analyzed the aerodynamic and mass properties of a large model aircraft called the Dryden Remotely Operated Integrated Drone "“...


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
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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