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lunar landing conspiracy
2014-09-23 04:27:53

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first moon landing in 1969 has been the source of one of history’s greatest conspiracy theories, but now technology, and a lot of attention to detail, is helping to prove the theories wrong. Global illumination techniques - which allow realistic and comprehensive lighting to be added to 3D scenes - have been used for over a decade, but now NVIDIA, as they launch their powerful Maxwell graphics chip, say they have the horsepower...

2014-09-22 16:21:35

RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it was selected by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for three projects. Under the first project, MDA plans to evaluate how radar and optical images can be combined to detect and track ships more rapidly. Rapid identification allows decision makers to use information as efficiently as possible to...

2014-09-22 12:21:00

HYDERABAD, India, September 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ~ 24th September 2014 a proud moment for the world when ISRO's Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter) reaches Mars in record time~ ~ Smartur's first of its kind mobile app built on Augmented Reality that allows interaction with the Mars Orbiter - and a Global Selfie contest with Mars Orbiter India's space program will achieve its most significant milestone when Mars Orbiter reaches...

spaceflight for the average joe
2014-09-22 03:00:28

Donna Ramirez, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston UTMB research shows average people healthy enough for commercial space travel Historically, spaceflight has been reserved for the very healthy. Astronauts are selected for their ability to meet the highest physical and psychological standards to prepare them for any unknown challenges. However, with the advent of commercial spaceflight, average people can now fly for enjoyment. The aerospace medicine community has had very...

Neil Armstrong moonwalking
2014-09-22 03:00:12

Kathryn Knight, The Company of Biologists Anyone who has seen the movies of Neil Armstrong's first bounding steps on the moon couldn't fail to be intrigued by his unusual walking style. But, contrary to popular belief, the astronaut's peculiar walk was not the result of low gravity. Wyle Science, Engineering and Technology scientist John De Witt explains that the early space suits were not designed for walking, so the astronauts adapted their movements to the restrictions of the suit....

MAVEN spacecraft
2014-09-22 04:08:36

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The NASA spacecraft that will explore the climate history of Mars by studying its upper atmosphere, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), successfully entered orbit around the planet Sunday night, the US space agency has confirmed. At 10:26 pm EDT, after the vehicle turned to point the main engines in the right direction and conducted a planned slow-down burn that lasted a little over half an hour, NASA tweeted via the...

2014-09-22 00:20:17

NASA Spacecraft to Study the Red Planet's Upper Atmosphere DENVER, Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], was successfully placed in orbit around Mars this evening. The spacecraft's flight operations are controlled by a team at Lockheed Martin's Mission Support Area near Denver, Colorado. Photo: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2014/september/0921-ss-maven.html...

2014-09-22 00:20:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars' upper...

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch
2014-09-21 05:37:02

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After weather forced Saturday’s originally scheduled liftoff to be temporarily postponed, the SpaceX Dragon resupply craft successfully launched on-time early Sunday morning and is now en route to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA officials have confirmed. [ Watch the Video: Liftoff Of SpaceX-4 ] The Dragon craft, which is carrying 2.5 tons of supplies and science experiments to the orbiting laboratory, separated from...

2014-09-21 04:20:13

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- About 5,000 pounds of NASA science investigations and cargo are on their way to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The cargo ship launched on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:52 a.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The mission is the company's fourth cargo delivery flight to the...


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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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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
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  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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