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NASA’s Dawn mission releases video that gives flyover perspective of dwarf Planet Ceres

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Striking 3-D detail highlights a towering mountain, the brightest spots and other features on dwarf planet Ceres in a new video from NASA’s Dawn mission.

A prominent mountain with bright streaks on its steep slopes is especially fascinating to scientists. The peak’s shape has been likened to a cone or a pyramid. It appears to be about 4 miles (6 kilometers) high, with respect to the surface around it, according to the latest estimates. This means the mountain has about the same elevation as Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, the highest point in North America.

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NASA tests Under-Ice Exploration rover at California Science Center Aquatic Exhibit

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – A school of sardines fluttered by as giant leafy kelp swayed back and forth at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on Monday, June 22nd. At the bottom of this 188,000-gallon aquatic tank, a bright orange garibaldi fish seemed to ignore a new visitor to the aquatic wonderland: the silver body of an under-ice rover.

The rover’s presence 24 feet (7.3 meters) underwater at the science center this week helped researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, test the innovative rover’s systems. On Monday, the visitors’ guide to the rover and the fish around it was Andy Klesh, principal investigator for the rover at JPL and volunteer diver at the science center.

The body of the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was tested at the California Science Center, Los Angeles, from June 22 to 24, 2015. Andy Klesh, seen here, is the principal investigator. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The body of the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was tested at the California Science Center, Los Angeles, from June 22 to 24, 2015. Andy Klesh, seen here, is the principal investigator. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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APSU to have Montgomery County Public Health Director Joey Smith speak April 8th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Montgomery County Public Health Director Joey Smith (’99) was recently honored as one of the leaders in his field in the United States, and Austin Peay State University is proud to welcome Smith to campus as he discusses his successes and what he sees in the future of public health.

Smith’s discussion will take place from 11:30am–12:30pm on April 8th in University Center room 305, located on the campus of the University.

Montgomery County Public Health Director Joey Smith

Montgomery County Public Health Director Joey Smith

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Study reveals 10 Best Military Banks and Credit Unions of 2015

 

GO BankingRatesLos Angeles, CA – Two in five U.S. military members have a difficult time paying their monthly bills, 38 percent of military homeowners have an underwater mortgage and more than a third use risky borrowing methods like payday loans to get fast cash1.

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Austin Peay State University Department of Art to host lecture from internationally recognized artist Ann Hamilton

 

APSU Department of Art - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University Department of Art is proud to welcome Ann Hamilton, an internationally recognized visual artist known for large-scale multimedia installations.

As a part of the Department’s visiting artist series, Hamilton will present a lecture on February 5th at 7:00pm in APSU’s Trahern Theatre.

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft captures photo of dwarf planet Ceres

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December. These are the first in a series of images that will be taken for navigation purposes during the approach to Ceres.

Over the next several weeks, Dawn will deliver increasingly better and better images of the dwarf planet, leading up to the spacecraft’s capture into orbit around Ceres on March 6th. The images will continue to improve as the spacecraft spirals closer to the surface during its 16-month study of the dwarf planet.

This processed image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. The image hints at craters on the surface of Ceres. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

This processed image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. The image hints at craters on the surface of Ceres. Dawn’s framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum to host Still Life Invitational Exhibition

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – A still life is a work of art traditionally depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (such as food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (such as books, vases, jewelry, coins).

Right Before My Eyes: A Still Life Invitational at the Customs House Museum.

Right Before My Eyes: A Still Life Invitational at the Customs House Museum.

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NASA’s Dawn Mission creates Geological Maps of Asteroid Vesta

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Images from NASA’s Dawn Mission have been used to create a series of high-resolution geological maps of the large asteroid Vesta, revealing the variety of surface features in unprecedented detail. These maps are included with a series of 11 scientific papers published this week in a special issue of the journal Icarus.

Geological mapping is a technique used to derive the geologic history of a planetary object from detailed analysis of surface morphology, topography, color and brightness information.

This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from Dawn spacecraft data. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)

This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from Dawn spacecraft data. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)

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Consumer Reports Poll reveals Overwhelming Majority of Doctors Concerned About Use of Antibiotics in Healthy Livestock

 

Over 2,000 Medical Professionals Call on Trader Joe’s to Stop Selling Meat Raised on Antibiotics

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The overwhelming majority of doctors— 93 percent—are concerned about the common meat industry practice of using antibiotics on healthy animals for growth promotion and disease prevention, according to a new poll released today by Consumer Reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many other public health organizations have warned that the misuse of antibiotics on healthy livestock is making these medications less effective for treating disease in people. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell’s 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducts change of responsibility

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – A crowd of Family, friends and fellow Soldiers turned out to watch the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Change of Responsibility ceremony July 11th, at Fort Campbell, KY, as Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis J. Collins symbolically transferred responsibility as battalion command sergeant major to Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Rendon.

The ceremony took place behind the 129th CSSB’s companies’ building in the 101st Sustainment Brigade quad.

Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Collins, the outgoing senior enlisted adviser for the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the NCO sword to Lt. Col. Abel Young, commander of the 129th CSSB, during a change of responsibility ceremony July 11, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The 129th CSSB transported over 6,000 containers and 10,000 Air Assault Soldiers on 300 division missions during Collins tenure. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Collins, the outgoing senior enlisted adviser for the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the NCO sword to Lt. Col. Abel Young, commander of the 129th CSSB, during a change of responsibility ceremony July 11, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The 129th CSSB transported over 6,000 containers and 10,000 Air Assault Soldiers on 300 division missions during Collins tenure. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

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