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sounding the sun
2014-07-13 03:20:50

On July 14, NASA will launch a sounding rocket from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. A little before noon, the rocket will streak 180 miles into the atmosphere, sending it into the thermosphere layer, beyond the ozone's ability to block the sun's high energy light.

New Instrument Continues To Gather Effects Of The Sun On Earth
2013-12-05 15:56:22

Maintaining a record of solar measurements is important in understanding the sun's effect on Earth and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA), Total solar irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment, or TCTE, is now providing that information.

SORCE Satellite Outlasts Mission Life And Keeps On Truckin'
2013-01-24 13:13:38

Some missions in space complete their operations just after predicted, while others earn the Iron Man award for outlasting their primary mission. In the case of SORCE--a satellite designed to study solar storms--it's earned itself an Iron Man.

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2010-12-17 08:16:09

Two satellite instruments aboard NASA's Solar Radiation & Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission -- the Total Solar Irradiance Monitor (TIM) and the Solar Irradiance Monitor (SIM) -- have made daily measurements of the sun's brightness since 2003.


Word of the Day
aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
The word 'aphotic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'without' and 'light'.
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