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Sat Jul 30



Rosetta Selflessly Beams Back Comet Selfie
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
A composite image from a camera on the Rosetta missions Philae comet lander shows a solar array, with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the background. [...]




Sat Jul 30



NASA Briefing to Discuss First Spacecraft Arrival at a Dwarf Planet
jpl.nasa.gov [NASA]
JPL will host a briefing Monday, March 2, about the March 6 arrival of NASAs Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres. The event will be carried live on NASA TV and online. [...]




Sat Jul 30



Bright Spot on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASAs Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. [...]




Sat Jul 30



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. [...]




Sat Jul 30



SpaceX Adopts Lessons Learned From Multiple Booster Landings – Test Fires Recovered 1st Stage: Videos
Universetoday [SPACE]
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL - SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s daring dream of rocket recycling and reusability is getting closer and closer to reality with each passing day. After a breathtaking series of experimental flight tests aimed at safely landing the firms spent Falcon 9 first stages on land and at sea over the past half year the bold effort achieved a major milestone by just completing the first full duration test firing of one of the landed boosters. On Thursday, July 28, SpaceX engineers su [...]




Sat Jul 30



Moon and Companions
Stardate.org [MOON]
Look for the planet Saturn to the lower right of the Moon tonight, shining like a bright star. The even brighter planet Mars is farther along the same line. And the star Antares, the heart of the scorpion, is below Saturn. [...]




Sat Jul 30



Mars and Antares
Stardate.org [MARS]
Mars passes its legendary “rival” the next few evenings — the star Antares, at the heart of Scorpius. The two are in the southwestern quadrant of the sky, with the planet Saturn looking down on them. The name “Antares” means “rival of Mars.” [...]




Sat Jul 30



Dawn Maneuvering to Third Science Orbit
jpl.nasa.gov [DAWN]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft is using its ion propulsion system to descend to its third mapping orbit at Ceres, and all systems are operating well. [...]




Sat Jul 30



Venus and Jupiter
Stardate.org [VENUS]
Jupiter perches close to the upper left of Venus, the brilliant “evening star,” tonight. They are quite low in the west shortly after sunset, so you need a clear horizon to find them. On Saturday, they will stand almost atop each other. [...]




Sat Jul 30



Butterfly Nebula
Stardate.org [NEBULA]
The scorpion stands low in the south at nightfall, with the bright planets Mars and Saturn close by. Through a telescope, you can see the Butterfly Nebula near the stars that mark the stinger. The nebula is the expelled outer layers of a dying star. [...]

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