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centaur

a mythological race of savage men who lived in Greece. They were depicted as men from the head to the loins and horses from there back. A common emblem for veterinary organizations.
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While most centaurs are thought to be dormant, scientists have seen glimmers of activity from Chiron.
Ruprecht, who is a researcher at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, says it is possible to imagine a scenario in which centaurs may form rings: For example, when a body breaks up, the resulting debris can be captured gravitationally around another body, such as Chiron.
NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of the WISE mission, gathered infrared images of 52 centaurs and scattered disk objects.
Just like the mythical creatures, the centaur objects seem to have a double life," lead author James Bauer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said.
The results indicate that roughly two-thirds of the centaur population is comets which came from the frigid outer reaches of our solar system.
We may be unconvinced that his swarthy, rock-throwing centaurs represent, in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War, the recurrent triumph of human brutality, but in his later work a more haunting, dreamlike mood emerges that floats into Symbolist territory, as in the many versions of his best-known painting, Isle of the Dead, where a phantom boat approaches a rocky domain of cypresses and mausoleums.
Called the Centaur, the rocket uses the same volatile liquid-hydrogen and liquid-oxygen propellants that fuel the shuttle's own main engines, and which destroyed the shuttlecraft Challenger when they exploded on Jan.
Banning the Centaur from the shuttle has not caused the cancellation of any of these missions, but it requires adopting other ways to launch them.
Previous simulations of the Centaurs suggest something must be feeding them with extra material - each object will orbit for about 3 million years before it hits a planet, falls into the sun, is ejected from the solar system or simply disintegrates.
8 /PRNewswire/ -- The newest General Dynamics Centaur upper stage made its debut on February 7, with a successful flight atop a U.
The Atlas IIA is an uprated version of the Atlas II launch vehicle that includes modifications to the Centaur upper stage.
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