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2009-10-07 06:58:00

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered an enormous ring around Saturn -- by far the largest of the giant planet's many rings. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The new belt lies at the far reaches of the Saturnian system, with an orbit tilted 27 degrees from the main ring plane. The bulk of its material starts about six million kilometers (3.7 million miles) away from the planet and extends...

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2009-10-07 05:40:00

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered an enormous ring around Saturn -- by far the largest of the giant planet's many rings. The new belt lies at the far reaches of the Saturnian system, with an orbit tilted 27 degrees from the main ring plane. The bulk of its material starts about six million kilometers (3.7 million miles) away from the planet and extends outward roughly another 12 million kilometers (7.4 million miles). One of Saturn's farthest moons, Phoebe, circles within the...

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2009-08-11 06:55:00

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found evidence of a high-speed collision between two burgeoning planets around a young star. Astronomers say that two rocky bodies, one as least as big as our moon and the other at least as big as Mercury, slammed into each other within the last few thousand years or so -- not long ago by cosmic standards. The impact destroyed the smaller body, vaporizing huge amounts of rock and flinging massive plumes of hot lava into space. Spitzer's infrared detectors...

2009-08-10 15:04:31

The U.S. space agency says the Spitzer Space Telescope has found evidence of a high-speed collision between two planets orbiting a young star. Astronomers say that two rocky bodies, one as least as big as our moon and the other at least as big as Mercury, slammed into each other within the last few thousand years or so -- not long ago by cosmic standards, NASA said. The impact destroyed the smaller body, vaporizing huge amounts of rock and flinging massive plumes of hot lava into space. NASA...

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2009-08-05 12:35:00

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is starting a second career and taking its first shots of the cosmos since warming up. The infrared telescope ran out of coolant May 15, 2009, more than five-and-a-half-years after launch. It has since warmed to a still-frosty 30 degrees Kelvin (about minus 406 degrees Fahrenheit). New images taken with two of Spitzer's infrared detector channels -- two that work at the new, warmer temperature -- demonstrate the observatory remains a powerful tool for probing...

2009-05-18 13:23:11

The U.S. space agency says its Spitzer Space Telescope is out of the coolant used to chill its infrared instruments and has entered a warm mode of operation. After more than five years of searching the cosmos, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration says Spitzer will warm up slightly, with only two of its infrared detector arrays operating. Spitzer ran out of its liquid helium coolant at 6:11 p.m. EDT Friday. Scientists and engineers will spend the next few weeks recalibrating the...

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2009-05-06 15:05:00

The primary mission of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is about to end after more than five and a half years of probing the cosmos with its keen infrared eye. Within about a week of May 12, the telescope is expected to run out of the liquid helium needed to chill some of its instruments to operating temperatures. The end of the coolant will begin a new era for Spitzer. The telescope will start its "warm" mission with two channels of one instrument still working at full capacity. Some of the...

2009-05-06 11:32:00

WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The primary mission of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is about to end after more than five and a half years of probing the cosmos with its keen infrared eye. Within about a week of May 12, the telescope is expected to run out of the liquid helium needed to chill some of its instruments to operating temperatures. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The end of the coolant will begin a new era for Spitzer. The telescope...

2009-05-05 10:05:15

The U.S. space agency says its Spitzer Space Telescope is about to use the last of the coolant that has chilled it for the past 5 1/2 years. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration observatory is predicted to run out of the liquid helium that has kept its infrared detectors at prime operating temperatures of just a few degrees above absolute zero. The helium is expected to be exhausted this month. The spacecraft is in orbit around the sun more than 62 million miles behind Earth....

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2009-04-03 18:18:58

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has agreed to give a live broadcast interview -- his first since his resignation -- to Matt Lauer, NBC said Friday. Spitzer is to appear on Today Monday. Spitzer, the hard-charging New York attorney general who then became the governor of New York, took down titans on Wall Street. Then he had his own well-documented fall from grace. He will talk to Lauer in his first broadcast interview since he resigned as governor, the network said in a news release. The...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.