Written by Guy Webster
Pasadena, CA – NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft will reach a major milestone June 23rd, when it completes its 60,000th orbit since arriving at the Red Planet in 2001.
Named after the bestselling novel “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Arthur C. Clarke, Odyssey began orbiting Mars almost 14 years ago, on October 23rd, 2001. On December 15th, 2010, it became the longest-operating spacecraft ever sent to Mars, and continues to hold that record today.
Odyssey, which discovered widespread water ice just beneath the surface of the Red Planet, is still going strong today, serving as a key communications relay for NASA’s Mars rovers and making continued contributions to planetary science.
Written by Dwayne Brown / Laurie Cantillo
Washington, D.C. – Beyond Earth, Jupiter’s moon Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life, and a new NASA mission to explore this potential is moving forward from concept review to development.
NASA’s mission concept — to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its habitability — has successfully completed its first major review by the agency and now is entering the development phase known as formulation.
Written by Preston Dyches
Pasadena, CA – NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.
NASA’s Galileo mission yielded strong evidence that Europa, about the size of Earth’s moon, has an ocean beneath a frozen crust of unknown thickness. If proven to exist, this global ocean could have more than twice as much water as Earth.
With abundant salt water, a rocky sea floor, and the energy and chemistry provided by tidal heating, Europa could be the best place in the solar system to look for present day life beyond our home planet.
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope takes image of Pillars of Creation that shows possible destructive side
Written by Tony Phillips
Washington, D.C. – Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation.”
The jaw-dropping photo, taken in 1995, revealed never-before-seen details of three giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young, massive stars in a small region of the Eagle Nebula, or M16.
In celebration of its upcoming 25th anniversary in April, Hubble has revisited the famous pillars, providing astronomers with a sharper and wider view. Although the original image was dubbed the Pillars of Creation, the new image hints that they are also “pillars of destruction.”
Written by Whitney Clavin
Pasadena, CA – Scientists have discovered a young galaxy acting in unexpectedly mature ways. The galaxy, called S0901, is rotating in a calm manner typical of more developed galaxies like our own spiral Milky Way.
“Usually, when astronomers examine galaxies in an early era, they find that turbulence plays a much greater role than it does in modern galaxies. But S0901 is a clear exception to that pattern,” said James Rhoads of Arizona State University, Tempe.
Austin Peay Sports Information
Muscle Shoals, AL – Austin Peay State University men’s golf team will begin defense of its Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship, Friday, when the 2014 league championship gets underway at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals.
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University men’s golf coach Kirk Kayden returned to his Ohio roots to snare the first signee for the Govs’ 2014-15 recruiting class.
Justin Arens, the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) Player of the Year, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Governors.
Tilted Kilt raised the funds during a six-week period as part of its third annual “Here’s to The Heroes” promotion at all of its restaurants across the country. Customers had the option of donating an additional $1.00 or $5.00 to have their name written on customized paper dog tags displayed on restaurant walls.
Clarksville, TN – Coming off the best season in school history, Austin Peay State University men’s golf team has added a top international prospect for the 2013-14 season.
Erik Hedberg Bertrand, a Barcelona, Spain native who had 15 local championships in addition to Top 10 finishes in a pair of prestigious international events over the last two-plus seasons, has signed a national letter of intent to play golf with the Governors.
Clarksville, TN – Senior Dustin Korte, of the Austin Peay State University men’s golf team, has been named the Copies in a Flash APSU Athlete of the Week.
At last week’s NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional in Tempe, AZ, Korte finished eighth in the 75-player field with a six-under par 204 (64-71-69) and advanced to next week’s NCAA Championship.
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