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May 16, 2009

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.16.09):

Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) An electronic detector that records visible light from stars and galaxies to make photographs. These detectors are very sensitive to the extremely faint light of distant galaxies. They can see objects that are 1,000 million times fainter than the eye can see. CCDs are electronic circuits composed of light-sensitive picture elements (pixels), tiny cells that, placed together, resemble mesh on a screen door. The same CCD technology is used in digital cameras. The Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 has four CCDs; each contains 640,000 pixels.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.16.09)

Aero-Linx: Hubble Site HubbleSite is the home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the renowned orbiting telescope whose discoveries have forever altered our knowledge of the universe.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.16.09)

"I remember watching the original 'Star Trek' series and, like many of my NASA coworkers, was inspired by the idea of people from all nations coming together to explore space...'Star Trek' blended adventure, discovery, intelligence and story telling that assumes a positive future for humanity. The International Space Station is a real step in that direction, with many nations sharing in an adventure the world can be proud of." Source: NASA astronaut Michael Barratt... who has the opportunity to watch the new Star Trek film aboard the International Space Station, while he and two crewmates fly 220 miles above Earth. The only thing missing will be the popcorn  -- Talk about the best seat in the house...

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