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Astronomers To Get Sneak Peek Of OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroid
2011-09-15 06:59:33

  Every six years, asteroid 1999 RQ 36 nears the Earth - by cosmic standards - and researchers are launching a global observation campaign to learn as much as possible in preparation for the OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S.-led mission to bring back a sample of pristine asteroid material. Astronomers working on the U.S.' first asteroid-sample return mission — the NASA mission named OSIRIS-REx — have begun a months-long observing campaign that is the last chance to study their...

2011-05-27 20:07:00

PHOENIX, May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA announced a new robotic science mission to be launched in 2016 that will retrieve samples from an asteroid. The mission, called Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, will be the first U.S. mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth. KinetX, Inc., a Tempe, Arizona based private corporation, has partnered with the OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator, Dr. Michael Drake of the...

2011-05-25 15:54:00

DENVER, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has selected the University of Arizona to lead a sample-return mission to an asteroid. The OSIRIS-REx team is led by Dr. Michael Drake, Director of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. will manage the mission for NASA. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will build the spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx mission is budgeted for approximately $800 million, excluding the launch vehicle. The...

2011-03-01 08:00:00

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Osiris Entertainment's highly acclaimed romantic drama Listen to Your Heart, will premiere on Lifetime Television on April 24 at 8:00 p.m. Starring Cybill Shepherd, Listen to Your Heart is the story of love at first sight when hearing impaired teenager meets an aspiring pianist. Listen to Your Heart gathered top honors as Winner of People's Choice Award at the New York City International Film Festival. (Photo:...

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2010-10-14 09:20:00

It was a case of celestial hit and run. Two asteroids, both in the wrong place at the wrong time. The result: one big trail of debris and a case of mistaken identity. Now, however, ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta has unraveled the truth. Using its OSIRIS camera, Rosetta made the breakthrough because it is far from Earth and so it could look at mystery object "ËœP/2010 A2' from a unique perspective. This showed that instead of being a comet, as first suspected, we are seeing the debris...

2010-04-22 11:32:40

Making the invisible visible The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) partners in Germany, the U.S.A. and Italy are pleased to announce that the first of two new innovative near-infrared cameras/spectrographs for the LBT is now available to astronomers for scientific observations at the telescope on Mt. Graham in south-eastern Arizona. After more than a decade of design, manufacturing and testing, the new instrument, dubbed LUCIFER 1, provides a powerful tool to gain spectacular insights into the...

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2010-03-12 08:28:52

Meet asteroid 1999 RQ36, a chunk of rock and dust about 1,900 feet in diameter that could tell us how the solar system was born, and perhaps, shed light on how life began. It also might hit us someday. "This asteroid is a time capsule from before the birth of our solar system," said Bill Cutlip of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., one of the leaders of Goddard's effort to propose a mission called OSIRIS-REx that will return a sample from RQ36. If selected, Goddard will...

2010-02-01 06:00:00

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to a growing need for compliant and cost-effective solutions for shipping temperature-sensitive biological samples and materials, BioStorage Technologies announced the launch of its new mobile biorepository - OSIRIS(TM) (Overland Sample Inventory Relocation and Intelligent Shipping). (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100201/DE46696 ) BioStorage Technologies is the first sample storage and management company to design a mobile...

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2009-12-20 10:10:03

A new object with an age of thousands of millions of years and a mass of  one tenth of the Sun, placing it at the frontier between low-mass stars and brown  dwarfs, has been discovered as the furthest of its class in Milky Way. Nicknamed ULAS1350, this subdwarf could become on of the key element to improve our knowledge on the first steps of the formation of our Galaxy. The team of European astronomers responsible for the discovery, composed  of members of the Instituto de...

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2009-11-12 14:38:25

This spectacular image of our home planet was captured by the OSIRIS instrument on ESA's Rosetta comet chaser earlier today as the spacecraft approached Earth for the third and final swingby. Closest approach is due at 08:45 CET, 13 November 2009. Follow Rosetta's progress at ESA's dedicated Rosetta site and via the Rosetta Blog. The image was acquired with the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera from a distance of 633 000 km on 12 November 2009 at 13:28 CET. The resolution is 12 km/pixel. Three...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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