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Search For Landing Site On Rosetta Narrows
2014-08-25 03:34:44

ESA Using detailed information collected by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft during its first two weeks at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, five locations have been identified as candidate sites to set down the Philae lander in November – the first time a landing on a comet has ever been attempted. Before arrival, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko had never been seen close up and so the race to find a suitable landing site for the 100 kg lander could only begin when Rosetta rendezvoused with...

How To Build Better Bones: Microgravity Research
2014-08-25 03:20:08

By Jessica Nimon, NASA As the saying goes, sticks and stones may break your bones—especially if you have a weak skeleton. This is not only a concern for the elderly who can suffer from osteoporosis. Inactivity from injury, illness, or malnutrition from anorexia or dietary challenges also can lead to bone breakdown in otherwise healthy people. Another cause of bone loss is living in microgravity. While most people may never experience life in space, the benefits of studying bone loss...

2014-08-25 08:29:09

ISTANBUL, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today an integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reference receiver, broadband seismic recorder and a force-balance triaxial accelerometer for infrastructure and precise scientific applications?the Trimble® SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system. The SG160-09 provides real-time GNSS positioning and seismic data for earthquake early warning and volcano monitoring as well as infrastructure monitoring for...

shackleton crater
2014-08-24 06:16:29

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online They are the darkest and coldest places on the surface of the moon, but deep in the craters of the polar regions, electrical activity may be creating a kind of “sparking” that has driven changes in lunar soil evolution. New information about these areas could lead to greater understanding of planetary surfaces in the solar system. To the scientists studying data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the moon is a giant...

Voyager 2 Triton Map
2014-08-24 04:35:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In honor of the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2’s first up-close look at Neptune and Triton, NASA has “restored” footage obtained by the probe and used it to construct the highest-quality global color map of the moon to date. According to the US space agency, the map was produced by Dr. Paul Schenk, a scientist at the Houston-based Lunar and Planetary Institute (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/) (LPI), and has also been used to...

Bonanza King a no-go for NASA
2014-08-23 10:52:28

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Evaluation of a pale, flat Martian rock as the potential next drilling target for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover determined that the rock was not stable enough for safe drilling. The rock, called "Bonanza King," moved slightly during the mini-drill activity on Wednesday, at an early stage of this test, when the percussion drill impacted the rock a few times to make an indentation. Instead of drilling that or any similar rock nearby, the team has...

2014-08-22 23:03:26

Innovative Solar Systems, LLC has received approval and has a 40MW Solar Farm project that is construction ready in Bladen County, North Carolina. Asheville, NC (PRWEB) August 22, 2014 Innovative Solar Systems is a developer of large Utility Scale Solar Farm projects here in the United States and is very excited to announce approval on the company’s upcoming 40MW solar farm in Ivanhoe, NC. This project will employ approximately 135,000 solar panels which will be located on a pristine...

2014-08-22 12:21:14

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected four ideas from the public for innovative uses of climate projections and Earth-observing satellite data. The agency also has announced a follow-on challenge with awards of $50,000 to build climate applications based on OpenNEX data on the Amazon cloud computing platform. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Both challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, or OpenNEX, a data, cloud computing,...

2014-08-21 16:21:12

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the Program Analysis and Control (PAAC) III Bridge contract for support services to ASRC Research & Technology Solutions of Beltsville, Maryland. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity basic contract has a minimum ordering value of $1 million and a maximum ordering value of $37 million, with a performance period beginning Aug. 30...

spacewalkers did they find plankton
2014-08-21 13:16:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Cosmonauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) have reportedly discovered terrestrial sea plankton from the outside of one of the orbital base’s modules, Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported earlier this week. According to CNET’s Michelle Starr, traces of the microorganism were shockingly discovered on the windows of the space station. While previous research has demonstrated that bacteria are capable of living in...


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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...

Reptilians
2013-09-05 08:02:45

Reptilians are depicted as reptile humanoid creatures that are used in science fiction, ufology, and in conspiracy theories. Sometimes reptilians are also called reptoids, reptiloids, or draconians. One of the first alleged contacts with a reptilian occurred in 1967 in Ashland, Nebraska. Police officer Herbert Schirmer claimed to have been abducted and taken aboard a UFO by reptile-like humanoids that had a winged serpent emblem on the left side of their chests. David Icke, a British...

Sir Richard Branson
2013-08-10 06:47:02

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, born July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, is a British business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. His net worth as of 2013 is $4.6 Billion (US). He is the fourth (4th) richest person in the UK, according to Forbes Magazine. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. By 1969, Branson was living in a London commune, surrounded by the British...

Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

Stephanie Wilson
2012-10-29 14:17:00

Stephanie Wilson is an American engineer, a NASA astronaut, and the second African American woman to go into space. She was born Stephanie Diana Wilson on September 27, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts. An astronomy professor she interviewed during middle school became her first inspiration to pursue a career in space. She graduated from Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1984, and then attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering...

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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