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Tue Sep 19



NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
NASAs extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19. [...]




Tue Sep 19



NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Data Available to Public
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASAs NEOWISE spacecraft now are available online to the public. [...]




Mon Sep 18



Dawn Snaps Its Best-Yet Image of Dwarf Planet Ceres
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
The Dawn spacecraft has delivered a glimpse of Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, in a new image taken 740,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from the dwarf planet. [...]




Tue Sep 19



Tracking A Mysterious Group of Asteroid Outcasts
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
Astronomers may have found the source of a particularly hard-to-spot group of near-Earth asteroids, thanks to a once-dormant NASA space telescope. [...]




Tue Sep 19



Scientists Propose New Concept of Terrestrial Planet Formation
Spacefellowship.com [PLANET]
Scientists have long been intrigued by the surfaces of terrestrial bodies other than Earth that reveal deep similarities beneath their superficially differing volcanic and tectonic histories. A team of scientists from NASA, Hampton University and Louisiana State University propose a new way of understanding the cooling and transfer of heat from terrestrial planetary interiors and how that affects the generation of the volcanic terrains that dominate the rocky planets. Based on the present dyn [...]




Mon Sep 18



Farewell, Cassini: Gorgeous Final Photos Are a Fitting Send-Off for Saturn Probe
Space [SATURN]
The Cassini spacecraft burned up in the skies of Saturn on Sept. 15, but the probe said goodbye with some stunning images. [...]




Tue Sep 19



Veil Nebula: Wisps of an Exploded Star
Spacefellowship.com [STAR]
Wisps like this are all that remain visible of a Milky Way star. About 7,000 years ago that star exploded in a supernova leaving the Veil Nebula. At the time, the expanding cloud was likely as bright as a crescent Moon, remaining visible for weeks to people living at the dawn of recorded history. Today, the resulting supernova remnant, also known as the Cygnus Loop, has faded and is now visible only through a small telescope directed toward the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus). The remaini [...]




Tue Sep 19



Rosetta to Deploy Lander on November 12
jpl.nasa.gov [LANDER]
The European Space Agencys Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. [...]




Mon Sep 18



In Photos: 8 Months on Mars with the HI-SEAS Mission V Crew
Space [MONTHS]
Six "astronauts" spent eight months in the HI-SEAS mock Mars habitat to simulate life on the Red Planet. See photos from their mock Mars mission. [...]




Mon Sep 18



Three Spacewalks Scheduled, Crew Researches Life Science
Spacefellowship.com [SCIENCE]
Expedition 53 is gearing up for three maintenance spacewalks set to take place in October over a period of two weeks. Meanwhile, the six-member crew continued researching today how their long-term missions in space affect their bodies. Commander Randy Bresnik began unpacking spacewalking gear today ahead of the first of three spacewalks set to begin Oct. 5. He will lead all three spacewalks with NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba. Vande Hei will join him on the first two and Acaba w [...]

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