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2012-04-19 11:56:43

The Astrophysical Journal, a leading professional astronomy research publication, will issue a special edition of its Letters volume on April 20 with papers about observations made with NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airborne telescope. SOFIA is a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that carries a telescope with a 100-inch (2.5-meter) diameter reflecting mirror that conducts astronomy research not possible with ground-based telescopes. By operating in the...

Charles Bolden Speech Gives Hope For Future Of NASA
2012-04-19 06:24:57

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com When I tell someone that I was at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, they assume that it's a fancy way of saying I attended a Star Trek Convention.  Little do they know, it is at this event where Star Trek fantasies are overshadowed by actual reality. The moment I arrived at the event, I felt out of place.  A mid-length hair, tattooed hipster had arrived amongst the Air Force and NASA elite, all dressed in suits and ties versus my...

The 3D Lyrid Meteor Shower
2012-04-21 06:00:01

[ Watch the Video ] This weekend, NASA scientists, amateur astronomers, and an astronaut on board the International Space Station will attempt the first-ever 3D photography of meteors from Earth and space. "The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 21-22," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "We´re going to try to photograph some of these 'shooting stars' simultaneously from ground stations, from a research balloon in the stratosphere, and from the...

NASA Satellite Movie Shows Great Plains Tornado Outbreak From Space
2012-04-19 03:01:44

[ Watch the Video ] Satellite data gives forecasters a leg up on severe weather. NASA has just released an animation of visible and infrared satellite data showing the development and movement of the Great Plains tornado outbreak, using data from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite. There were more than 135 reports of tornadoes and 124 different warnings over April 14-15, 2012. Local weather observations, soundings, and computer models, and data from satellites like GOES-13 give forecasters...

2012-04-18 11:04:25

NASA has selected a science instrument upgrade to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airborne observatory. The instrument, the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera (HAWC), will provide a sensitive, versatile and reliable imaging capability to the SOFIA user community. The upgrade involves two proposals that will allow the observatory to measure the structure and strength of magnetic fields in diverse objects throughout the universe, such as star-forming clouds...

NASA Announces 16th Undersea Exploration Mission Dates And Crew
2012-04-17 04:11:36

An international team of aquanauts will travel again to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to simulate a visit to an asteroid in the 16th expedition of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO). This year's NEEMO mission will begin June 11. It will build on lessons learned from 2011's NEEMO 15 mission and test innovative solutions to engineering challenges allowing astronauts to eventually explore asteroids. "We're trying to look out into the future and understand how we'd...

Image 1 - IBEX And TWINS Observe A Solar Storm
2012-04-15 05:27:24

On April 5, 2010, the sun spewed a two million-mile-per-hour stream of charged particles toward the invisible magnetic fields surrounding Earth, known as the magnetosphere. As the particles interacted with the magnetic fields, the incoming stream of energy caused stormy conditions near Earth. Some scientists believe that it was this solar storm that interfered with commands to a communications satellite, Galaxy-15, which subsequently foundered and drifted, taking almost a year to return to...


Word of the Day
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.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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