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NASAs Rover Opportunity Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars

NASA's Rover Opportunity Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars

Provided by Guy Webster, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars. The images of comet Siding Spring...

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mercury Kandinsky crater
2014-10-17 03:00:32

Provided by JHU/APL NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice and other frozen volatile materials within permanently shadowed craters near Mercury's north pole. The images not only reveal the morphology of the frozen volatiles, but they also provide insight into when the ices were trapped and how they've evolved, according to an article published October 15 in the journal, Geology. Two decades...

2014-10-16 16:21:33

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent's ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This year's airborne campaign, which began its first flight Thursday morning, will revisit a section of the Antarctic ice sheet that recently was found to be in irreversible decline. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO For the next several...

Window To Early Universe Offered By Slow-Growing Galaxies
2014-10-16 03:29:41

Provided by Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory What makes one rose bush blossom with flowers, while another remains barren? Astronomers ask a similar question of galaxies, wondering how some flourish with star formation and others barely bloom. A new study published in the Oct. 16 issue of the journal Nature addresses this question by making some of the most accurate measurements yet of the meager rates at which small, sluggish galaxies create stars. The report uses data...

2014-10-15 16:20:34

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency's New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The KBOs were detected through a dedicated Hubble observing program by a New Horizons search team that was awarded telescope time for this purpose....

2014-10-15 08:20:33

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The NASA and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) will fly three Defense Department experimental hosted payloads when it launches in 2016. GPIM's mission will validate a non-toxic fuel for future satellite missions, which could replace hydrazine and provide additional performance benefits. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20141012/152200 The Department of Defense (DOD) Space Experiments Review Board...

2014-10-14 23:02:21

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems business area has been competitively selected to develop and build a next-generation science and technology demonstration satellite for the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program. SPARKS, Nev. (PRWEB) October 14, 2014 Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is pleased to announce SNC's Space Systems based in Louisville, Colorado, has been competitively selected to develop and build a next-generation science and technology demonstration...

2014-10-14 16:20:58

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, and yielded a comprehensive map of highly-variable ozone in the atmosphere underlying the coronas. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO...

2014-10-11 23:03:43

Tempus Global Data, the leader in next generation weather forecasting, has created an advisory team of leading scientists in their fields. Ogden, Utah (PRWEB) October 11, 2014 Tempus Global Data, Inc. today announced the formation of a science advisory council, to provide guidance and insight into the successful design, build and launch of STORM, the highly anticipated hyperspectral sounding weather instrument. Alan Hall, Chairman and CEO of Tempus Global Data, released the names of the...

JPL Selects Proposals For Europa CubeSat Study
2014-10-10 03:12:19

Provided by Preston Dyches, NASA NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has chosen proposals from 10 universities to study CubeSat concepts that could enhance a Europa mission concept currently under study by NASA. The CubeSat concepts will be incorporated into a JPL study describing how small probes could be carried as auxiliary payloads. The CubeSats would then be released in the Jovian system to make measurements and enhance our understanding of Jupiter's moon...

siding spring 2
2014-10-09 16:20:53

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet -- less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than...


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History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

John Grunsfeld
2012-10-18 12:19:21

John Grunsfeld is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. He was born John Mace Grunsfeld in October of 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. He remained in Illinois throughout his childhood and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1976. Upon his graduation, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1980. He then furthered his education at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Master of Science in physics in...

Léopold Eyharts
2012-10-02 09:49:07

Léopold Eyharts is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force and an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut. Eyharts was born April 28, 1957, in Biarritz, France. After completing his basic academics, he joined the French Air Force Academy of Salon-de-Provence in 1977 to study aeronautical engineering. Eyharts graduated in 1979 as an engineer. By 1980 he became a fighter pilot and was sent to the Istres Air Force Base in France. Initially he was assigned to an operational jaguar squadron...

Andrew Feustel
2012-09-17 09:28:01

Andrew Feustel is a NASA astronaut and an American Geophysicist. He was born Andrew J. (Drew) Feustel on August 25, 1965 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Lake Orion, Michigan. He graduated from Lake Orion High School and subsequently received an Associate’s degree from Oakland Community College. During this time, he worked at International Autoworks as an auto mechanic. He then transferred to Purdue University, where joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and served as a...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.