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Mars Moons Double Eclipse
2013-08-16 13:00:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has just released a series of images from its Curiosity rover depicting Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, passing in front of its smaller counterpart Demios. The images have been assembled into a video available on the space agency’s website. Taken from the surface, the images clearly show large craters on Phobos and will be used to refine knowledge of the moons’ orbits around Mars. They mark to the first time the two moons have...

Volunteer Mars Colonist Gather In DC
2013-08-06 12:25:45

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forty of the volunteers chosen to take a one-way trip to the Red Planet gathered in Washington, DC yesterday to hear Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp explain his plans to build a permanent base on Mars by 2023. Should Lansdorp succeed in raising the necessary $6 billion to send these volunteers to Earth's neighbor, they'll embark on a seven-month, one-way journey to set up the planet's first colony. Lansdorp's non-profit...

Martian Meteorite Age Puzzle Solved
2013-07-25 04:47:27

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Occasionally, a meteorite is found on Earth with peculiar origin: Mars. Anytime a large object such as an asteroid or comet impacts the surface of Mars, chunks of rock are ejected into outer space. Over time, some of these stones will make their way to Earth, impacting the ground as meteorites. We know that these specimens are from Mars based on their composition and other factors. So they provide an excellent laboratory for...

BBC Examines How To Get To Mars
2013-07-24 12:18:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This weekend, BBC News and Imperial College London will treat BBC viewers to a five-part television series depicting how a manned mission to Mars might unfold. The mini-series, titled "How to put a human on Mars," examines the many challenges of the such a mission, including creating artificial gravity to prevent muscle atrophy, protecting astronauts from solar radiation, and landing the crew and other assets on the Martian...

NASA Releases Details 2020 Mars Mission
2013-07-09 15:28:02

[ Watch the Video: Proposed 2020 Mars Rover Science Goals ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just last year NASA made an historic landing on the Red Planet with the most advanced rover ever built, Curiosity. Now, the space agency has unveiled plans for a rover in 2020 to extend its reach for Mars even further. NASA released a 154-page document on Tuesday detailing the Mars 2020 mission to look for signs of past life, collect samples to potentially return to Earth,...

Using Space Software To Identify Alzheimer’s
2013-06-28 09:33:13

ESA Software for processing satellite pictures taken from space is now helping medical researchers to establish a simple method for wide-scale screening for Alzheimer's disease. Used in analyzing magnetic resonance images (MRIs), the AlzTools 3D Slicer tool was produced by computer scientists at Spain's Elecnor Deimos, who drew on years of experience developing software for ESA's Envisat satellite to create a program that adapted the space routines to analyze human brain scans. "If...

2013-06-27 13:27:58

Sterilized Mars spacecraft largely a waste of money Two university researchers say environmental restrictions have become unnecessarily restrictive and expensive–on Mars. Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, astrobiologists Alberto Fairén of Cornell University and Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University say the NASA Office of Planetary Protection's "detailed and expensive" efforts to keep Earth microorganisms off Mars are making missions to search for...

Mars Is Bombarded By 200 Asteroids A Year
2013-05-16 04:04:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists believe Mars may be rocked by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year. Researchers using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter identified 248 new impact sites on parts of the Martian surface in the past decade. Their 200-impacts-per-year estimation is a calculation based on the number found in a systematic survey of a portion of the planet. MRO's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment...


Latest Phobos Reference Libraries

Technophobia
2013-12-24 11:45:54

Technophobia, from Greek techne, meaning art, skill, or craft, and phobos, meaning fear, is the fear or the dislike of advanced technology or complex devices, particularly computers. Although there are a number of interpretations of technophobia, they appear to become more complex as technology continues to evolve. The term is usually used in the sense of irrational fear, but others contend that their fears are justified. It is related to cyber phobia and it is the opposite of technophilia....

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Mars -- in astronomy, 4th planet from the sun, with an orbit next in order beyond that of the earth. Physical Characteristics Mars has a striking red appearance, and in its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the sun, it is twice as bright as Sirius, the brightest star. Mars has a diameter of 4,200 mi (6,800 km), just over half the diameter of the earth, and its mass is only 11% of the earth's mass. The planet has a very thin atmosphere consisting...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mars' Moon Deimos -- outermost of two small moons orbiting the planet Mars. Deimos orbits Mars at a distance of about 23,500 km (about 14,100 mi), completing an orbit once every 1.26 Earth days. The moon's orbit is almost circular and is only slightly tilted relative to the Martian equator. Deimos is irregular in shape, measuring about 15 km (about 9 mi) along its longest side and about 11 km (about 6.6 mi) along its shortest side. It is the smallest known moon in the solar system. If...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mars' Moon Phobos -- in astronomy, innermost moon, or natural satellite, of Mars. Phobos orbits Mars at a distance of only 9,378 km (5,627 mi), closer to its planet than any other moon in the solar system. In fact, it is so close that the force of Mars's gravity is stronger than the force keeping the moon in its orbit, so the radius of Phobos's orbit is decreasing at the rate of about 1.8 m (about 6 ft) per century. In 40 million years, Phobos will either break apart into a ring...

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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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