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Low Density Supersonic Decelerator
2014-05-18 02:55:42

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft Spies Comet Beginning To Form Its Tail
2014-05-16 11:42:34

The comet targeted for research by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe has begun to develop its tail as it zooms closer and closer to the Sun. The probe is maneuvering to align with the comet’s orbit this month and is slated to rendezvous with it in August.

windjana drill hole at night
2014-05-16 04:00:30

Portions of powdered rock collected by drilling into a sandstone target last week have been delivered to laboratory instruments inside NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, and the rover will soon drive on toward its long-term destination on a mountain slope.

earthrise seen by LRO
2014-05-08 03:00:47

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter experiences 12 "earthrises" every day, however the LRO Camera (LROC) is almost always busy imaging the lunar surface so only rarely does an opportunity arise such that LROC can capture a view of Earth.

curiosity drilling windjana
2014-05-07 06:01:58

NASA's Curiosity Rover has drilled into a slab of Martian sandstone from which portions of rock powder will be delivered into the rover's internal instruments.

Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target Windjana
2014-05-01 08:55:24

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover plans to proceed in coming days with the third-ever drilling into a rock on Mars to collect a sample for analysis.

Laser-powered Farewell To Moon Mission
2014-04-28 03:37:36

Just before NASA’s latest Moon mission ended last week, an ESA telescope received laser signals from the spacecraft, achieving data speeds like those used by many to watch movies at home via fibre-optic Internet.

Windjana
2014-04-28 04:13:26

Curiosity spent this weekend using several of its instruments to inspect a sandstone slab that could become the third drilled rock of the Mars rover’s mission, and the first to consist of something other than mudstone.

Equipped with New Sensors, Morpheus Lander Preps To Tackle Its Own Landing
2014-04-25 03:46:30

A test flight later this week will challenge a set of sensors to map out a 65-yard square of boulder-sized hazards and pick out a safe place to land.

asteroids seen from mars surface
2014-04-25 05:47:16

A new image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is the first ever from the surface of Mars to show an asteroid, and it shows two: Ceres and Vesta.


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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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marcescent
  • Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.
The word 'marcescent' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to wither'.
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