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4 July – JUNO!

From Space.com: NASA’s Juno spacecraft is scheduled to enter into orbit around JupiterMonday night (July 4), ending its nearly five-year trek to the solar system’s biggest planet. The key event Monday is a 35-minute engine burn at 11:18 p.m. EDT … Continue reading

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How Spirit got there

Poor little Spirit isn’t working anymore (so far as we know), but this is how he got there!

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PLUTO!

NASA has released photos of Pluto and its moon, the aptly named Charon. The craft New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto today, 14 July 2015. Here is a false color composite:   New Horizons’ almost 10-year, three-billion-mile journey … Continue reading

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New Horizons!

Biretta tip to APOD, this comes from NASA: NASA’s New Horizons – the fastest spacecraft ever created – will speed past Pluto on July 14, 2015, beaming back high resolution photos (and invaluable data) of the dwarf planet’s surface for … Continue reading

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Look! DOWN from the sky!

This is simply too cool not to share. Biretta tip to AC who sent the link. o{]:¬) Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA Now Streaming Live HD Camera Views of Earth from Space (Video) Daydreaming about being an astronaut … Continue reading

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Voyager I finally reaches interstellar space!

Voyager I was launched in 1977.  It has finally let your solar system and entered interstellar space. Click HERE for youtube videos of the songs on the “Golden Record”. Very cool.

Will little Voyager eventually achieve consciousness and return … Continue reading

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NASA and Latin

This is pretty cool. From the Beeb: Mars images to go on social media feeds in Latin By Zoe Kleinman Pictures of the surface of Mars, taken from Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), are to be captioned in Latin on … Continue reading

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Weightless Water Wringing

This is very cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8TssbmY-GM&feature=player_embedded I may have to get out my Yaesu radio later on and see if I can pick up the ISS during a fly over.

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17 April 1970 – Odyssey returns to Earth

On this day 43 years ago, the Command Module Odyssey splashed down. Apollo XIII I remember – as if it were yesterday – being glued to the TV watching the coverage of this glorious disaster.  It was inspiring. But we … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Of Niobids and Rovers

This is simply too cool. Every once in a while, we find something from antiquity that we knew about but thought lost. Check this out, from Gazzetta del Sud.  Dorothy King’s PhDiva has a lot of photos.  With a biretta tip … Continue reading

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Cool spacey stuff: bouncing on Titan and Martian carwashes

First, The Huygens probe has landed on Saturn’s moon, Titan. There is a description and animation of how it hit the surface and then bounced, slid and wobbled into its resting position.  HERE.  Huygens was ferried to Titan by the … Continue reading

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Curiosity’s curious visual odometry system

Here is something for your Just Too Cool file.  This got my attention not only because it deals with Curiosity, but also because of my budding interest in ham radio. The newest Mars Rover, Curiosity, is tagging Mars… with Morse … Continue reading

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Blue Moon… you saw me standing alone…

Blue moon Now I’m no longer alone Without a dream in my heart Without a love of my own From Spaceweather: BLUE MOON: Tonight’s full Moon is the second full Moon this month. According to modern folklore, that makes it … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday VOYAGER!

From NASA (and remember that Pres. Obama has killed the manned space program… just another reason to vote against him): August 20, 2012 Thirty-five years ago today, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft, the first Voyager spacecraft to launch, departed on a … Continue reading

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New Mars Rover images coming in!

The other day I was pretty excited about the safe landing of the new Mars rover Curiosity.  The dangerous entry and landing built a real excitement.  Then the first images came in.  Very cool. Now that Curiosity has been on … Continue reading

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