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Wed Jul 29



Rosetta Sets Sights on Destination Comet
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
The Rosetta spacecraft caught its first glimpse of its destination comet since waking up from deep-space hibernation on Jan. 20, 2014. [...]




Wed Jul 29



New Map Shows Frequency of Small Asteroid Impacts, Provides Clues on Larger Asteroid Population
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
A new map from NASAs Near Earth Object Program reveals that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate in Earths atmosphere with random distribution around the globe. [...]




Wed Jul 29



Moving the Most Powerful Space Telescopes Mirror Is a Terrifying Job
Gizmodo.com [SPACE]
Don’t drop it! In this picture you can see a team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Calibration, Integration and Alignment Facility moving the James Webb Space Telescope’s mirror. Slipping isn’t an option. [...]




Tue Jul 28



Beautiful New Topographical Map Of Ceres Shows a Complex, Icy World 
Gizmodo.com [CERES]
NASA has just released a stunning new topographic map of Ceres, the other dwarf planet astronomers are getting to study up close and personal this summer. Unlike Pluto’s freakishly smooth and youthful surface , Ceres’s exterior is riddled with craters, creating a battered old landscape of peaks and valleys. [...]




Tue Jul 28



Giant Crater on Saturn Moon Tethys Dazzles in Spectacular Photo
Space [MOON]
A new image captured by NASAs Cassini spacecraft highlights an impact basin on the Saturn moon Tethys. Called Odysseus, the 280-mile-wide (450 kilometers) impact basin is nearly half as wide as the satellite itself. [...]




Tue Jul 28



Odd Pluto Social Media Policy at SwRI
Nasawatch [PLUTO]
Keiths note: The use of social media during the recent Pluto encounter has been widely hailed. That said, Southwest Research Institute Public affairs continues with its slightly strange media policy - in this case by blocking NASAWatch from following NewHorizons2015 on Twitter. Despite the recent "personal" label on this Twitter account, this account is used by a SWRI employee for NASA-funded work-related news and has been mentioned in official SWRI, JHUAPL, and NASA communications [...]




Tue Jul 28



NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
Scientists at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston and JPL have found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate over life on Mars. [...]




Tue Jul 28



Virgin Galactic Introduces Their Pilot Corps Video
Space [VIDEO]
The pilots hired to fly SpaceShipTwo have extensive flight and spaceflight experience. [...]




Wed Jul 29



More Charles Townes
Stardate.org [CHARLES]
Back in the 1980s, Charles Townes developed a laser system that helped infrared telescopes get a sharper view of the center of the Milky Way. Other astronomers then used that system to make the first measurement of the mass of the giant black hole at the galaxy’s heart. It was a remarkable achievement. And it’s all the more interesting because Townes was one of the fathers of the laser. He developed its predecessor, known as a maser, and he obtained the first patents for the laser itself. He ev [...]




Wed Jul 29



Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet
jpl.nasa.gov [WATER]
Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres. [...]

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