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November 27, 2011

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.27.11)

Aero Linx: JPL's Mars Science Lab Site NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft began its mission at 1002 EST, Nov. 26. It is the start of an eight-month interplanetary cruise to Mars. The spacecraft's components include a car-sized rover, Curiosity, which has 10 science instruments designed to search for signs of life, including methane, and to help determine if this gas is from a biological or geological source.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.27.11): Chandler Wobble

Chandler Wobble A small motion in the Earth's rotation axis relative to the surface, discovered by American astronomer Seth Carlo Chandler in 1891. Its amplitude is about 0.7 arcseconds (about 15 meters on the surface) with a period of 433 days. It combines with another wobble with a period of one year, so the total polar motion varies with a period of about 7 years. The Chandler wobble is an example of free nutation for a spinning non-spherical object.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.27.11)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "We enjoy the opportunity to not only support a local Albuquerque program, but we also appreciate the opportunity to inspire and encourage young people to pursue their passion for aviation. At Aspen, the students can see that there are many roles that need to be filled in a technology company, not only being an engineer or a pilot, but also marketing, customer service, and operational leadership roles.” Source: John Uczekaj, Aspen’s President and CEO, commenting on the visit by members of the Southwest Secondary Learning Center (SSLC) to Aspen Avionics, where they received a tour of the facility and an introduction to available career pat

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