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Kids Are The Stars
2013-08-23 07:15:21

NASA It is one thing to be inspired; it is another thing to inspire someone else. It is in another league to lead an entire elementary school in building a real spacecraft to fly in space. That is exactly what Joe Pellegrino is doing with the approximately 400 pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students, including his son Felix, at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington, Va. "My rewarding space career started with my seventh grade physics teacher, who lit the fire inside me to...

Restoration To At-Risk Areas Directed By NASA's Landsat Satellite Data
2013-08-21 10:21:57

NASA While the 138,000-acre Silver Fire still smoldered, forest restoration specialists were on the job. They analyzed maps created using Landsat satellite data to determine where the burn destroyed vegetation and exposed soil – and where to focus emergency restoration efforts. "The map looked like a big red blob," said Penny Luehring, the U.S. Forest Service's Burned Area Emergency Response and watershed improvement program leader, based in Albuquerque, N.M. Red means...

Now Spend Afterlife In Orbit Thanks To Elysium Space
2013-08-12 09:33:41

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to Greek mythology, Elysium is the realm designated for the heroic and the brave to live once they pass into the afterlife. Now one San Francisco company of the same name wants to bring this same kind of treatment to the general public for under $2,000 a piece. As many look to make their way into outer space, Elysium Space makes the experience relatively affordable for those who have already passed on. For $1,990 the...

Alphasat Launches Successfully
2013-07-26 08:23:34

[ Watch the Video: Alphasat Liftoff Replay ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) biggest and most advanced satellite was successfully launched into orbit yesterday from Kourou, French Guiana, the international agency said. Lifting off at 3:54 pm EST, an Ariane 5 ECA rocket blasted into space - placing the Alphasat satellite in orbit 28 minutes later. At 4:38, the ESA began picking Alphasat's signal, a statement said. Alphasat's...

Seasat Blazed The Trail For Many Mission
2013-06-28 05:27:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Even if they don't last long, history tends to look fondly upon trailblazers. Thirty-five years ago this week, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) launched an experimental satellite called Seasat, with the mission to study Earth and its seas. An unexpected malfunction ended the mission after just 106 days, leading some to look on the satellite as a failure. Seasat is still in orbit, however, shining in the night sky at magnitude...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Iridium Satellite -- The Iridium satellite constellation is also a system of 66 active communication satellites and spares around the earth. Named for the element Iridium, it was originally to have 77 active satellites, but was later redesigned to have its current number, though the name was retained. Iridium allowed worldwide voice and data communications using handheld devices. The Iridium service once failed financially and the earth stations were shut down. Its financial...

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attercop
  • 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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