What A Wonderful Opportunity It Was

After nearly 15 years of faithful service and discovery, NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover mission came to an end this week. Launched in 2003 it landed on Mars’s Meridiani Planum on Jan. 25, 2003. When it last contacted mission control on June 10, 2018 it was under it had ambled across 28 miles (45 km) of…
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Half Moon Hikes Into The Hyades

Yesterday we looked at the far side of the moon. Let’s focus on the side we can see the next couple nights. Tonight the half moon treads into Taurus the Bull, one of the few constellations that fairly resembles its mythological self. The Pleiades or Seven Sisters glimmer in the bull’s shoulder, and the Hyades…
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See Earth From The Lunar Far Side

I love photos of the Earth from space. When they include the far side of the moon in the same frame, it only adds a little more of awesome. While we’ve heard little news of late about China’s Chang’e 4 mission to the lunar far side, these mission-related photos recently popped up online. They were…
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Pancakes Anyone? Ultima Thule Flatter Than We Thought

Departure movie of Ultima Thule made with 14 images taken after New Horizons made its closest approach on Jan. 1, 2019. Farewell Ultima Thule! This evocative video was made just after closest approach to Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day when New Horizons was speeding past at over 31,000 miles an hour (50,000 km/hour). See…
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Make A Left At Mars And Head Straight For Uranus — You Can’t Miss It!

I have a friend I know I’ll be hearing from once he reads that title. For him and others who enjoy poking fun at the solar system’s seventh planet, here’s a selection of Uranus jokes. Now for some great news. If you’d like to see Uranus this week, Mars will get you there. The Red…
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