Full View of Asteroid Vesta

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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA

As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. The towering mountain at the south pole – more than twice the height of Mount Everest – is visible at the bottom of the image. The set of three craters known as the “snowman” can be seen at the top left.

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Nobles enters CRADA with ARDEC for Innovative Heavy Machine Gun Mounting System

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Nobles Worldwide, Inc., located in St. Croix Falls, WI, and the global leader in ammunition feed system design, development and manufacturing, is pleased to announce a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for the development of a mechanically stabilized crew-served gun mount with the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. The arrangement is aimed to integrate Nobles’ Viper Lite™ universal crew served weapons mount, with existing Objective Gunner Protection Kit (OGPK) armor packages, in order to provide the U.S. and Allied forces with increased gun mounting options for the battlefield.

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Boeing, Alaska Airlines Announce Order for Five Next-Generation 737-900ERs

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All-Boeing carrier invests in its fleet and improved fuel performance

SEATTLE, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) today announced an order for five additional Next-Generation 737-900ERs (Extended Range). The order, valued at $481 million at list prices, continues Alaska Airlines’ investment in its fleet and efforts to improve fuel performance.

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Boeing Delivers First Next-Generation 737-900ER to Delta Air Lines

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Fuel-efficient Next-Generation 737-900ER supports Delta’s fleet renewal

SEATTLE, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Delta Air Lines celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range). The delivery is part of Delta’s 100-airplane order placed in 2011 to renew its single-aisle fleet with more fuel-efficient airplanes.

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Ferries 2013 Conference & Expo

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Some of the major ferry operators in North America—Washington State Ferries, Staten Island Ferry, STQ, and BC Ferries—have or are considering Liquefied Natural Gas as a marine fuel. STQ has already ordered new ferries that will burn LNG and Washington State Ferries plans to convert existing boats to the alternative fuel. Does it make sense for your operation? What about bunkering your vessel and training your crew? What about designs and system costs?

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Jerry (Atlantic Ocean)

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NASA’s TRMM satellite flew over Tropical Depression 11 on Sept. 30 at 5:28 a.m. EDT and saw a “hot tower”near the center (red) that indicated the storm was strengthening into Tropical Storm Jerry.
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Tropical Depression 11 formed in the central Atlantic Ocean and NASA’s TRMM satellite passed overhead and gathered information and identified a “hot tower” that indicated it would strengthen. The depression became Tropical Storm Jerry on Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

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American heat treated ash sits pretty on the rooftop of Marseille’s new flagship museum

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Photo credits: Gabrielle Voinot

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations designed by the Algerian-born French
architect Rudy Ricciotti is the flagship project of Marseille’s on-going architectural and cultural
renaissance. The museum is located on Marseille’s seafront next to a seventeenth century
stronghold, Fort St Jean. Built upon the Greek and Roman vestiges of the antique city-state, the
Fort is charged with history and includes a chapel which dates back the twelfth century.

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