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Jun 28, 2013 10:23 AM by Stephen Bowers

NASA launches sun gazing equipment

Researchers with NASA have launched a spacecraft to help monitor activity on the sun, and better understand how our star generates so much energy. 

The spacecraft, called IRIS, will point a telescope toward the sun and look specifically at the region of the sun between its surface and its outer atmosphere, called the corona. In this region temperatures range from about 6,000 degrees to millions of degrees.

NASA says IRIS will look at about one percent of the sun and will be capable of seeing features as small as 150 miles across. Researchers will be focused on how matter and energy are converted with the sun.


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Falcon school fights to save student's life

FALCON- Aden Knar, a third grade student at Falcon Virtual Academy, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His school, Falcon Virtual Academy, will host a bone marrow donor drive tomorrow to help find a match Aden. Knar, 10, was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and entered remission in 2008. In November 2013, the Knar family learned that the leukemia had returned, and is now isolated in his bone marrow. In an outreach of support, Falcon Virtual Academy hosted a bone marrow donor drive in January, and will be hosting another tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6113 Constitution Ave., directly west of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We wanted to reach out to the family again," said Jodi Fletcher, assistant principal. Fletcher explained that more than 250 people participated in the January drive, and she hopes to have similar numbers April 19. The money from a bake sale at the drive, and a portion of the proceeds raised from a spring formal...

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