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Image 1 - Dawn's Bounty Of Beauty From Vesta
2011-09-18 04:52:11

  [ Video 1 ] [ Video 2 ] A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. The data obtained by Dawn's framing camera, used to produce the visualizations, will help scientists determine the processes that formed Vesta's striking features. It will also help Dawn mission fans all over the world visualize this mysterious world, which is the second most massive object in the main asteroid belt. You'll notice in...

2011-08-01 11:00:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling towards its first of four intensive science orbits. That initial orbit of the rocky world Vesta begins Aug. 11, at an altitude of nearly 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) and will provide in-depth analysis of the asteroid. Vesta is the brightest object in the asteroid belt as seen from Earth and is thought to be the source of a large number of...

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2011-08-01 11:15:00

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling towards its first of four intensive science orbits. That initial orbit of the rocky world Vesta begins Aug. 11, at an altitude of nearly 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) and will provide in-depth analysis of the asteroid. Vesta is the brightest object in the asteroid belt as seen from Earth and is thought to be the source of a large number of meteorites that fall to Earth. The Dawn team has now...

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2011-07-29 06:10:00

Dawn took this image over Vesta's northern hemisphere after the spacecraft completed its first passage over the dark side of the giant asteroid. It is northern hemisphere winter on Vesta now, so its north pole is in deep shadow. The Dawn science team is working to determine the significance of the distinct features in this image, which include large grooves or ridges extending for great distances around Vesta. This image was taken by Dawn's framing camera on July 23, from a distance of 3,200...

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2011-07-18 14:50:00

NASA's Dawn spacecraft returned the first close-up image of the asteroid Vesta on Sunday. The space agency said its spacecraft became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter on Friday, July 15. NASA said the image shows Vesta in greater detail than ever before.  Vesta is 330 miles in diameter and the second most massive object in the asteroid belt. Dawn entered the asteroid's orbit within about 9,900 miles between the...

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2011-07-14 14:55:00

NASA said its Dawn probe should go into orbit around the asteroid Vesta on Friday. The satellite will spend a year at the asteroid before moving on to the "dwarf planet" Ceres. NASA said Dawn's encounter is taking place at about 117 million miles from Earth. Engineers believe the spacecraft will be captured into orbit around the asteroid on Friday and will get confirmation from Dawn on Saturday. NASA said there will be about 9,900 miles between Vesta and Dawn once the spacecraft enters...

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2011-06-13 11:25:00

Scientists have created a new video to give a glimpse into the future as NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches the giant asteroid Vesta. The video loops 20 images that show a dark feature near Vesta's equator moving from left to right across the field of view as Vesta rotates. The images were obtained by a framing camera during a 30-minute period and show about 30 degrees of a rotation. "Like strangers in a strange land, we're looking for familiar landmarks," Jian-Yang Li, a Dawn participating...

2010-03-03 06:00:00

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, March 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercuria Energy Asset Management B.V., part of the Mercuria Energy Group, has announced today that Mercuria's wholly owned terminal & processing assets will be renamed under a common 'VESTA' brand. These assets are: - Vesta Terminal Flushing B.V., (The Netherlands) - formerly Mercuria Terminals Flushing B.V. - Vesta Terminal Tallinn OU, (Estonia) - formerly Eurodek Synergy OU - Vesta Terminal...

2009-04-03 09:57:00

TEMECULA, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- PlantCML(R), an EADS North America company, announces the release of VESTA(R) Pallas(TM) 2.6 Service Pack (SP) 2, an all-in-one, IP-based call taking solution for call centers with two-to-12 call taking positions. VESTA Pallas seamlessly handles both emergency and administrative calls in an easily installable, highly reliable, low maintenance turnkey solution. VESTA Pallas is a state-of-the-art converged voice and data solution, providing a choice of...

2008-10-08 18:00:34

A free one-act play about a terminally ill African American woman and the choices that she and her family must make as she approaches the end of her life will be presented as a theatrical reading by the University of Missouri-St. Louis and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care(R) of St. Louis. "Vesta," will be presented on Thursday, October 23, 2008, at the JC Penney Conference Center Auditorium at the University of Missouri-St. Louis North Campus, 8001 Natural Bridge Road. The reading will be held...


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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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