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Mon Aug 29



Rosettas Comet Lander Landed Three Times
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
The Rosetta missions Philae comet lander bounced off the surface twice before coming to rest on the surface. Many of its science instruments have already sent back data. [...]




Mon Aug 29



NASA Announces Latest Progress in Hunt for Asteroids
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s. [...]




Mon Aug 29



Dawn Delivers New Image of Ceres
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
As NASAs Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December. [...]




Mon Aug 29



NASAs Juno Probe Buzzes Jupiter in Its First (and Closest) Flyby
Space [NASA]
NASAs Juno spacecraft whizzed by Jupiter on Saturday (Aug. 27), successfully completing the first — and closest — of 36 orbital flybys planned for the duration of the probes mission. [...]




Mon Aug 29



Last-Quarter Moon
Stardate.org [MOON]
The Moon reaches last quarter today. Half of the side that faces Earth is bathed in sunlight, while the other half is in darkness. When the Moon is at last quarter it is leading Earth in our planet’s orbit around the Sun. [...]




Mon Aug 29



Mock Mars Explorers Emerge from Habitat to End Year of Isolation in Hawaii
Space [MARS]
A crew of six "astronauts" returned to Earth Sunday (Aug. 28), after a year-long mock mission to Mars. [...]




Mon Aug 29



Dawn Heads Toward Final Orbit
jpl.nasa.gov [DAWN]
NASAs Dawn spacecraft fired up its ion engine on Friday, Oct. 23, to begin its journey toward its fourth and final science orbit at dwarf planet Ceres. [...]




Mon Aug 29



Autumn Star
Stardate.org [AUTUMN]
The best sign in the night sky that fall has arrived is the appearance of the “autumn star.” It’s the only bright star that puts in its best showing during the nights of autumn: Fomalhaut, the leading light of Piscis Austrinus, the southern fish. [...]




Mon Aug 29



The Milky Way
Stardate.org [WAY]
The next few evenings offer a great chance to see the Milky Way, the hazy band of light that outlines the disk of our home galaxy. It arcs high across the sky at nightfall, and there’s no Moon around to spoil the show. [...]




Mon Aug 29



Rosetta Lander Captured Before/After Bounce
jpl.nasa.gov [CAPTURED]
The descent of its comet lander Philae was captured by the Rosetta spacecrafts main camera as the lander approached - and then rebounded off - the comets surface. [...]

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