Journey To An Exoplanet Tonight

The brown dwarf star 2M1207 and its planetary companion discovered in theconstellation Centaurus in 2004. The only exoplanet photographed to date. — VLT/NACO My wife and I planted the vegetable garden yesterday with summer squash, pole beans, radishes, carrots, zucchini and tomatoes. We all know the real reason for a garden is the lust for…
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Space Station Expecting Dinner Guests

Watching the space station in twilight last week – Bob King/News Tribune The Space Shuttle Discovery will take off this afternoon from Florida to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on a two week long mission to install components of the Japanese Kibo scientific laboratory and its robotic arm system. This will be the…
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Time Machine In A Raindrop

The American flag and a mini-DVD on the deck of the Phoenix lander. The mini-DVDfrom the Planetary Society contains a message to future Martian explorers, sciencefiction and art inspired by Mars, and the names of a quarter million people. NASA/JPL/Caltech/University of Arizona Phoenix has now returned a couple very detailed panoramic photos of the Martian landscape…
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Watch Your Back For Bears

Spring is seductive. The sky cleared late last night and I found myself wondering whether to go to bed or just stay out. It must have been the sound of the wind in the leaves that caught hold of me. Or maybe it was the pull of the Milky Way in the east. I offered no resistance and finally turned in…
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Today’s High: 20 Below Zero

Photographs of the Phoenix lander, parachute and heat shield taken by the MarsReconnaisance Orbiter this week. You can even see the ear-like solar arrays on the lander.  — NASA/JPL/CalTech/U of Ariz. Looks like another sunny day with a breezy 12 mph wind from the northeast. The high temperature will be around -20 below with a predicated low around -112 below.…
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