Don’t MISS The ISS; Mars Dirt Up Close

Soil captured in the scoop of the Phoenix robotic arm on its first test dig into the surface of Mars. Scientists speculate that the white patches on the right could possiblybe ice or salts in the soil. — NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Max Planck Institute The Phoenix robotic arm has taken its first bite out of Mars…
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Double Treat Last Night

The STS-124 crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery participate in an interview with reporters on the ground. — NASA TV The Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) were only about a minute apart last night. When the one rose in the west, the other was nearly overhead in the Big Dipper. Pretty cool! I…
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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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