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NASA Moving Forward With Plans To Sample Asteroids
2013-05-17 05:49:00

[WATCH VIDEO: OSIRIS-REx To Investigate Asteroid Bennu] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said it is moving forward with its plan to send a spacecraft to an asteroid to bring back a sample to Earth. The space agency's Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission to sample asteroid Bennu is moving ahead in preparation for its launch in 2016. After launch, OSIRIS-REx will rendezvous with the...

Asteroid Subject Of Future NASA Mission Gets New Name
2013-05-02 04:56:09

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, scheduled to be launched in 2016, will touch down on an asteroid in 2018. Then, after collecting samples from the surface, the probe will rocket back to Earth, returning its find to be studied by terrestrial scientists by 2023. But project leaders noticed that the asteroid in question, asteroid (101955)...

2012-12-04 05:02:19

The IsoPlane® features a revolutionary new optical design that eliminates the primary aberrations present in traditional imaging spectrographs. It produces images that are clearer and sharper across the focal plane than any comparable spectrograph on the market. Trenton, New Jersey (PRWEB) December 03, 2012 Princeton Instruments is very pleased to announce that the company´s IsoPlane SCT 320 aberration free spectrograph has been named as a finalist for the Prism Award for...

2012-05-21 23:03:04

New imaging spectrograph eliminates aberrations present in existing instruments. Trenton, New Jersey (PRWEB) May 21, 2012 Princeton Instruments is pleased to introduce the IsoPlane SCT-320,The IsoPlane (patent pending) features a revolutionary new optical design that eliminates the primary aberrations present in traditional imaging spectrographs. It produces images that are clearer and sharper across the focal plane than any comparable spectrograph on the market. As a result, more photons...

NASA Asking For Help With 'Target Asteroids!' Project
2012-04-20 03:49:20

NASA announced a new project on Wednesday that will enlist help from amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects (NEOs). The project, known as "Target Asteroids!", will support NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security - Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission. OSIRIS-REx aims to improve basic scientific understanding of NEOs and is scheduled to launch in 2016. NASA is asking amateur astronomers to help better characterize the population of NEOs,...

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2012-03-14 16:29:29

A team from the University of Toronto in Abydos, Egypt have discovered a wooden statue of a king, a monumental building, a private offering chapel, and more than 80 mummified animals during a 2011 expedition. The artifacts they´ve discovered provide details into the rituals performed by ancient egyptians to the gods. Professor Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations led the University of Toronto team. She presented the team´s findings at...

2012-03-12 14:49:56

A wooden statue of a king, a private offering chapel, a monumental building and remains of over 80 animal mummies found by a University of Toronto-led team in Abydos, Egypt reveal intriguing information about ritual activity associated with the great gods. Professor Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations presented her team's findings at a recent meeting of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities. The wooden statue is one of very few...

'Star Comb' Joins Quest For Earth-like Planets
2012-03-08 04:03:29

If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may help find it. Such a comb–a tool for precisely measuring frequencies, or colors, of light–has for the first time been used to calibrate measurements of starlight from stars other than the Sun. The good results suggest combs will eventually fulfill their potential to boost the search for Earth-like planets to a new level. As described in Optics...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.