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NASA Preparing Martian Spacecraft For Close Passing Comet
2014-01-29 10:41:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists at NASA said they are busy prepping for observations of a comet that is expected to streak across the Martian sky later this year. Comet Siding Spring, officially dubbed C/2013 A1, is projected to pass about 10 times closer to Mars than any identified comet has ever flown past Earth. "Our plans for using spacecraft at Mars to observe comet Siding Spring will be coordinated with plans for how the orbiters will duck and...

2014-01-21 08:21:16

System Projected to Provide 10 Times More Power than the Largest Current Satellite Solar Array Technology ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) demonstrated full deployment of a large MegaFlex(TM) solar array under a NASA contract to further the development of a high-power system to be used for future robotic and manned exploration missions. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140121/CG49597) ATK's 9.6 meter (32 ft) diameter Solar Electric...

NASA CRaTER Radio Sounds Of Space
2014-01-10 10:11:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new NASA-backed Internet radio station from the moon may not have Miley Cyrus on its playlist or give away free concert tickets to the seventh caller, but scientists from the space agency are expecting it to be a hit with astrophysicists. The CRaTER Live Internet Radio Station takes cosmic radiation data on a live stream from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and converts it into a constant flow of soothing cosmic music. The...

NASA Developing ‘Super Ball Bot’ Rover For Possible Titan Mission
2013-12-29 08:37:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online While it might look like a squishable mess of ropes and tent poles, NASA’s proposed “Super Ball Bot” could hold the key to making landing a rover on another planet easier and far less expensive, according to a new report published last week in IEEE Spectrum, the journal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Under ideal circumstances, modern-day planetary rovers “can require careful choreography of...

Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration Reveals Bright Future For Space Communication
2013-12-24 08:28:38

[ Watch The Video: LLCD Bolden Video to the Moon and Back ] NASA The completion of the 30-day Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration or LLCD mission has revealed that the possibility of expanding broadband capabilities in space using laser communications is as bright as expected. Hosted aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer known as LADEE, for its ride to lunar orbit, the LLCD was designed to confirm laser communication capabilities from a distance of almost a...

Scientists Examine New Methods For Powering Moon Missions
2013-12-20 16:25:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A new system to produce electricity on the Moon at night would rule out the need for batteries and nuclear power sources for future lunar missions. An international collaboration of scientists has developed a new concept for providing electricity on the Moon. A lunar night can last about 14 days, during which temperatures can reach to as lows as -238 degrees Fahrenheit. The team proposed that a system of mirrors, processed lunar...

Mars Curiosity Rover - A Look Back At 2013
2013-12-20 04:35:50

[ Watch the Video: Looking Back AT A Productive Year For Curiosity Rover ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With a new year around the corner, redOrbit decided to take a look back at NASA’s most-prized rover’s accomplishments over the past year, looking at everything from breakthrough discoveries in Martian soil samples to Curiosity’s 100,00th laser shot. Over the past year, Mars exploration has made the biggest headlines, particularly due to NASA’s...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Cassini-Huygens Mission -- The Cassini unmanned space probe is intended to study Saturn and its moons. It was launched on October 15, 1997 and is estimated to enter Saturn's orbit on July 1, 2004. The mission is a joined NASA/ESA project. Cassini's principal objectives are to: -- determine the three-dimensional structure and dynamical behavior of the rings -- determine the composition of the satellite surfaces and the geological history of each object -- determine the nature and...

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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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