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2014-04-01 05:15:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During the Northern Hemisphere's growing season, data returned from satellite sensors shows that the Midwest has more photosynthetic activity than any other region of the planet, according to a recent NASA report. School children are taught that plants convert light to energy through the process of photosynthesis. What is less known, however, is that chlorophyll also emits a fraction of the absorbed light as fluorescent glow, which...

2014-03-18 12:21:13

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon's north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Web viewers can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. Constructed from 10,581 pictures, the...

2014-03-06 16:20:32

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La. that year. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The findings suggest such radar data, if collected routinely from airborne systems or satellites, could at least in some cases foresee sinkholes before they happen, decreasing danger to...

NASA Satellite Image Shows California Experiencing Record Drought
2014-02-19 08:13:13

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Much of the American West is suffering from a persistent dry spell with California seeing the worst of it. And the drought is so bad in California that it can be seen from space. Using data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, NASA scientists released an image detailing the severity of the conditions in California. The state’s mountains and vegetation cover...

2014-02-14 16:21:32

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers have determined the now-infamous Martian rock resembling a jelly doughnut, dubbed Pinnacle Island, is a piece of a larger rock broken and moved by the wheel of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in early January. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Only about 1.5 inches wide (4 centimeters), the white-rimmed, red-centered rock caused a stir last month when it appeared in an image the...

2014-02-12 16:21:03

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has tweaked its orbit to help scientists make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on the Red Planet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The maneuver took place Tuesday. Odyssey team engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver,...

2014-02-06 16:21:30

GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The data visualization studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., was awarded first place for its video entry in a visualization challenge sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The winning entry was created by the Scientific Visualization Studio to show how the particles from solar storms bombard Earth and how the...

Kepler-16b
2014-02-10 05:15:24

NASA WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National Space Club is recognizing Kepler for revolutionizing astrophysics and exoplanet science by expanding the census of planets beyond our solar system and fundamentally altering our understanding of our place in the Milky Way galaxy. The award citation acknowledges the...

2014-02-04 16:21:10

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The planet, designated Kepler-413b, precesses, or wobbles, wildly on its spin axis, much like a child's top. The tilt of the planet's spin axis can...

2014-02-03 12:20:09

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland congratulated the James Webb Space Telescope team Monday for the delivery of all flight instruments and primary mirrors to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Their comments came in a morning news conference at Goddard, where NASA's flagship science project will be assembled in...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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