ESA/Roscosmos/ExoMars/CaSSIS/UniBE; mosaicking tool: AutoStitch (University of British Columbia).

Fly Over Martian Chasms And Craters With ExoMars

Fly over Mars along with the joint Russian-European ExoMars orbiter. While the Schiaparelli lander crashed landed on Mars on Oct. 19 due to faulty commands from its computer, we all felt disappointment. But the other half of the ExoMars Mission is performing splendidly. The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) arrived at Mars on Oct. 19 and currently…
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The March To Venus

I shouldn’t be surprised when the moon returns to the evening sky, but somehow I always am. Maybe it’s because it’s gone for so long, rising so late that most of us lose track of where it is. Then all at once, it’s back and in its loveliest guise — a slender crescent. I’m so partial to crescents,…
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Wow! Massive Mars Ice Deposit Could Fill Lake Superior

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies a hidden treasure of water, enough to fill Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, to the brim. This according to researchers who used pictures and radar data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to uncover scalloped and cracked landforms similar to those in the Canadian Arctic…
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Thanksgiving Cosmic Coincidence

Thursday is Thanksgiving, a feast first celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians at the end of harvest in 1621. It lasted three days and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. Waterfowl, turkey, corn, lobster and venison were among the the entrees. We know it happened in 1621 but it’s unclear…
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Urania's Mirror / Sidney Hall

Mars Ascends Amphibious Capricornus

The ancients came up with some pretty cool constellations, including Capricornus the Sea Goat. This strange amphibious group harks back to the ancient Sumerians who called it SUHUR-MASH-HA, the goat-fish. The Greeks associated it with the god Pan, the god of the wild, who had the horns and legs of a goat. Most casual skywatchers aren’t…
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