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Jake Matijevic
2012-09-19 14:31:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity got to witness an Earth-like experience on the Martian surface last week, by watching the moon Phobos create an eclipse on Mars. NASA unveiled new images on Wednesday, as well as an update to Curiosity's whereabouts. On September 13, Curiosity witnessed a Martian moon transit that involved the moon Phobos coming between the Red Planet and the Sun. The new rover snapped images of the event using its Mast Camera, which is...

Mars Rover Teams Get Major Award
2012-09-07 13:40:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity teams are slated to receive the Haley Space Flight Award. The team will be receiving the honor September 12 during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2012 Conference and Exposition in Pasadena, California. The award is being presented for outstanding contributions by an astronaut or flight test personnel to the advancement of the art, science or...

Obama Congratulates NASA Curiosity Team
2012-08-14 05:14:43

[ Watch the Video: President Obama Congratulates Curiosity Team ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online "What you've accomplished embodies the American spirit." This praise came from President Barack Obama in a phone call from Air Force One to the operations team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in which he lauded NASA's "incredibly impressive" mission in landing the Curiosity rover on Mars last week. Obama's call was both congratulatory and lighthearted....

Curiosity Sends Back Color Panoramic Photo
2012-08-10 12:17:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is releasing even more photographs taken by the Curiosity rover during its first week of service on the Red Planet. The rover landed on Mars on Sunday night and NASA has been testing the rover out to see if all of its functions work properly. In one of the latest images released by the space agency, you get a full 360-degree view of what Curiosity gets to see on the alien planet in Gale Crater. The panoramic image is in...

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Lands In Perfect Spot, Produces Stunning Images
2012-08-09 08:12:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA scientists are continuing to celebrate the successful landing of its Curiosity rover and after poring over data to determine the precise point of impact, space officials are even more excited to find that it actually made touchdown in the best spot possible from a scientific point-of-view. And better yet, the rover is sending back visually stunning images from the Martian landscape, images that NASA scientists are likening to...


Latest Spirit rover Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mars' Moon Deimos -- outermost of two small moons orbiting the planet Mars. Deimos orbits Mars at a distance of about 23,500 km (about 14,100 mi), completing an orbit once every 1.26 Earth days. The moon's orbit is almost circular and is only slightly tilted relative to the Martian equator. Deimos is irregular in shape, measuring about 15 km (about 9 mi) along its longest side and about 11 km (about 6.6 mi) along its shortest side. It is the smallest known moon in the solar system. If...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mars' Moon Phobos -- in astronomy, innermost moon, or natural satellite, of Mars. Phobos orbits Mars at a distance of only 9,378 km (5,627 mi), closer to its planet than any other moon in the solar system. In fact, it is so close that the force of Mars's gravity is stronger than the force keeping the moon in its orbit, so the radius of Phobos's orbit is decreasing at the rate of about 1.8 m (about 6 ft) per century. In 40 million years, Phobos will either break apart into a ring...

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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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