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2012-08-18 15:44:30

NASA has awarded the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena a new five-year contract to manage the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The contractor's primary mission is to support NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in carrying out specific objectives identified in the SMD Science Plan. The contract is for $8.5 billion. The contract extends the agreement between Caltech and NASA for management of JPL beyond its current expiration date of Sept. 30. The new contract runs...

You and Your Creativity Wanted By JPL Infographics Site
2012-08-02 10:38:50

JPL Infographics, a newly launched website and resource database from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is inviting space aficionados and graphic wizards to take on a visual challenge by grabbing NASA data and transforming them into a scientific work of art. The website provides extensive collections of NASA science and mission data, graphics and space images that members of the public can download and use to create their own infographics - creative illustrations of...

2012-08-01 08:35:14

SIT IN A SPACE SHIP, TOUCH A PIECE OF MARS, AND MEET BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY®, STAR TREK´S ROBERT PICARDO, NASA SCIENTISTS, MARS EXPERTS AND MORE 2-Day Event in Pasadena, Calif. and Around the World to Celebrate the Landing of NASA´s Rover Curiosity on Mars On August 4 and 5, the world´s attention will once again turn to space, as NASA prepares for the descent and landing of its newest rover Curiosity on Mars. In celebration of this historic event, The Planetary...


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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