Topic: Huntsville AL
Huntsville, AL –women’s basketball team will enter Ohio Valley Conference play with a pair of accomplishments in hand courtesy a 67-54 non-conference win against Alabama A&M, Saturday, at Elmore Gymnasium.
Austin Peay Lady Govs vs. Alabama A&M
Saturday, December 28th, 2012 | 3:00pm (CT)
Clarksville, TN – Following an eight-day break for Christmas, Austin Peay women’s basketball team returns to action with a 3:00pm, Saturday contest against Alabama A&M at Elmore Gymnasium.
It will be the final non-conference test for the Lady Govs, who are still seeking their first road win this season.
Written by D.C. Agle
Pasadena, CA – NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Monday in honor of the late astronaut Sally K. Ride, who was America’s first woman in space and a member of the probes’ mission team.
Last Friday, Ebb and Flow, the two spacecraft comprising NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, were commanded to descend into a lower orbit that would result in an impact Monday on a mountain near the moon’s north pole.
Written by Jia-Rui C. Cook
Pasadena, CA – Like a Hollywood starlet constantly retouching her makeup, the giant asteroid Vesta is constantly stirring its outermost layer to present a young face. Data from NASA’s Dawn mission show that a form of weathering that occurs on the moon and other airless bodies we’ve visited in the inner solar system does not alter Vesta’s outermost layer in the same way.
Carbon-rich asteroids have also been splattering dark material on Vesta’s surface over a long span of the body’s history. The results are described in two papers released today in the journal Nature.
Written by Jia-Rui C. Cook
Pasadena, CA – NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has revealed that the giant asteroid Vesta has its own version of ring around the collar. Two new papers based on observations from the low-altitude mapping orbit of the Dawn mission show that volatile, or easily evaporated materials, have colored Vesta’s surface in a broad swath around its equator.
Pothole-like features mark some of the asteroid’s surface where the volatiles, likely water, released from hydrated minerals boiled off. While Dawn did not find actual water ice at Vesta, there are signs of hydrated minerals delivered by meteorites and dust evident in the giant asteroid’s chemistry and geology. The findings appear today in the journal Science.
Written by Alan Buis
Pasadena, CA – NASA has begun its latest hurricane science field campaign by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight that began in California and ended in Virginia.
With the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission, NASA for the first time will be flying Global Hawks from the U.S. East Coast.
Written by DC Agle
Pasadena, CA – NASA’s twin, lunar-orbiting Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft began data collection for the start of the mission’s extended operations.
At 9:28am PDT (12:28pm EDT) yesterday, while the two spacecraft were 19 miles (30 kilometers) above the moon’s Ocean of Storms, the Lunar Gravity Ranging System — the mission’s sole science instrument aboard both GRAIL twins — was energized.
Written by DC Agle
Pasadena, CA – On August 20th, NASA announced the selection of InSight, a new Discovery-class mission that will probe Mars at new depths by looking into the deep interior of Mars.
“We are certainly excited, but our veterans on this team know the drill,” said Tom Hoffman, project manager for InSight from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. “Which is fortunate, because one of the great things we’ll get to do on Mars is drill below the surface.”
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charges Huntsville Man with Attempted Criminal Homicide after Incident with Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today charged a Huntsville, AL man with one count of attempted criminal homicide and one count of evading arrest after a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper made a traffic stop late last night in Marshall County which resulted in an officer involved shooting.
Walter Lee Hicks, Jr., 52, of Mastin Lake Road in Huntsville, AL was stopped by a trooper along Highway 431 South and failed to produce a driver’s license and gave a false name. While the trooper was attempting to arrest Hicks, Hicks fled in the vehicle dragging the trooper and the trooper fired his weapon hitting Hicks in the arm.
NASA’s Space Launch System for the Orion spacecraft Passes Major Agency Review and Moves to Preliminary Design
Written by Kim Henry
Huntsville, AL – The rocket that will launch humans farther into space than ever before passed a major NASA review Wednesday. The Space Launch System (SLS) Program completed a combined System Requirements Review and System Definition Review, which set requirements of the overall launch vehicle system. SLS now moves ahead to its preliminary design phase.
The SLS will launch NASA’s Orion spacecraft and other payloads, and provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit.
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