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August 27, 2008

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Climbing Out Of Crater

It Just Keeps Going, And Going... And GOING...

Attention, anyone who may have written off NASA's Mars Exploration rover Opportunity -- designed to last a mere 90 days on the Martian surface -- at anytime over the past... sheesh, 54 months. The Little Rover That Could has shaken off everything from Martian dust storms, to power spikes and balky arms -- even an extremely ill-considered NASA budget cutback proposal -- and is now heading back out to the Red Planet's surrounding plains nearly a year after descending into a large crater to examine exposed ancient rock layers.

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GLAST Observatory To Now Be Known By A More Fitting Name

Orbital Telescope Remained In Honor Of Enrico Fermi

NASA's newest observatory, the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, has begun its mission of exploring the universe in high-energy gamma rays. The spacecraft and its revolutionary instruments passed their orbital checkout with flying colors. NASA announced Tuesday GLAST has been renamed the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The new name honors Prof. Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954), a pioneer in high-energy physics.

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