September 11, 2011 |
Shaking off a two-day delay that began with swirling winds on the coast of Florida, NASA launched its GRAIL mission to the moon Saturday, seeking a greater understanding of Earth's nearest neighbor through a promising dual-spacecraft technology. The Delta II rocket carrying the paired washing-machine-sized craft that make up the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory lifted off into a blue sky from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 9:08 a.m. About 90 minutes later, NASA confirmed that GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B had separated from the rocket, unfurled their solar panels and begun a 31/2-month trip to the moon.
October 8, 2009 |
In the predawn hours Friday, while those on the West Coast still snooze, a rocket is scheduled to punch a 13-foot-deep hole in a crater at the moon's south pole that hasn't seen sunlight in billions of years. The purpose: to find out whether ice lies hidden there. NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, which set out for the moon in June, made a late-course correction Tuesday to better position itself to steer the rocket into the 2-mile-deep crater Cabeus at 4:30 a.m. PDT on Friday.
March 19, 2011 |
As the sun sets in the west Saturday, the biggest, brightest moon in about 20 years will begin peeking over the eastern horizon. The so-called "supermoon" will appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal, according to NASA. Because the moon's orbit is oval, there is a point where it is the closest to the Earth, known as its perigee. The farthest point is its apogee. On Saturday, the moon's closest perigee of the year happens to occur within one hour of the monthly astronomical phase of the full moon, which together will create the rarely seen spectacle of illumination and size, said Geoff Chester, an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington.
April 14, 2007 |
Japan's space agency announced Thursday that it plans to send its first probe around the moon in August. The $269-million Selene, or Selenological and Engineering Explorer, will be carried into space by a Japanese-built H-2A rocket, the agency said. During its one-year mission, the probe is to release two small satellites to measure the moon's magnetic and gravitational fields. Selene will be launched from the remote southern island of Tanegashima.
October 27, 2007
Who would've thought that Major League Baseball would return to the Coliseum before the NFL did? Dan Rendant Arcadia
January 9, 2013 |
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin's condominium in Westwood is up for sale at $3.3 million. Built in 1990, the three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom condo features an open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows and two balconies. The corner unit has 3,143 square feet of living space. Aldrin, 82, was one of the first astronauts to walk on the moon in 1969. He paid $1.34 million for the property in 1998, public records show. Karen and Steven Heiferman of Hilton & Hyland are the listing agents.
January 5, 1998 |
NASA made final preparations Sunday for the launch of a low-cost, water-seeking robot probe to the moon, its first mission to Earth's closest celestial neighbor in 25 years. The Lunar Prospector probe was scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral today at 5:31 p.m. PST and to establish an orbit around the moon by the end of the week.
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August 16, 1989 |
Sky gazers in Southern California and much of the rest of the planet will witness a total lunar eclipse tonight, weather permitting, as the moon orbits opposite the sun and makes a rare pass through Earth's shadow. Beginning at 6:21 p.m. PDT, the rising full moon will travel into the outer region of this shadow, called the penumbra, and to viewers in the eastern United States and much of the world it will appear that the normally white lunar surface gradually changes to orange or red.
May 10, 1985
A nationwide survey disclosed that nearly two out of five photocopies made in American offices are wasted, unnecessary or for personal use. The study, sponsored by Accountemps, a firm that supplies temporary office personnel, estimated that about 130 billion of the 350 billion copies that will be made this year are not needed, at a cost of about $2.6 billion, not counting the time spent standing by the copier.
July 31, 1994
I must question your choice of reviewer for the three Apollo 25th Anniversary books ("How High the Sky," July 3). Terry Bisson makes it clear in the first paragraph that his politics are somewhere to the left of Alexander Cockburn, and the piece is sprinkled with asides that are not that relevant to the job at hand. The people most likely to be interested in moon landings 25 years later are "techies" rather than radical leftists. That said, the review does give a good picture of the books, but the political blather was distracting and annoying.