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Mon May 23



Rosettas Philae Makes Historic First Landing on a Comet
jpl.nasa.gov [COMET]
After a daring seven-hour descent from its mother ship, the European Space Agencys Philae lander achieves a space exploration milestone: the first-ever landing on a comet. [...]




Mon May 23



Ceres Bright Spots Come Back Into View
jpl.nasa.gov [CERES]
The two brightest spots on dwarf planet Ceres, which have fascinated scientists for months, are back in view in the newest images from NASAs Dawn spacecraft. [...]




Mon May 23



NASAs Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup
jpl.nasa.gov [ASTEROID]
NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. [...]




Mon May 23



Next SpaceX Commercial Cargo Launch Targeted for Mid-July, NASA Opens Media Accreditation
Nasa.gov [SPACE]
Media accreditation now is open for the next SpaceX commercial cargo resupply services mission to the International Space Station, targeted for launch no earlier than approximately 1:32 a.m. EDT Saturday, July 16. [...]




Mon May 23



Congress Asks NASA To Consider Interstellar Travel Research
Nasawatch [NASA]
U.S. lawmaker orders NASA to plan for trip to Alpha Centauri by 100th anniversary of moon landing, Science "Representative John Culberson (R-TX), a self-professed space fan who chairs the House appropriations subpanel that oversees NASA, included the call for the ambitious voyage in a committee report released today. The report accompanies a bill setting NASAs budget for the 2017 fiscal year, which begins 1 October; the full House appropriations panel is set to consider the bill on Tu [...]




Mon May 23



Last-Quarter Moon
Stardate.org [MOON]
The Moon reaches last quarter at 7:12 a.m. CDT tomorrow, as it lines up at a right angle to the line between Earth and the Sun. Sunlight will illuminate about half of the lunar disk as the Moon rises in the wee hours of the morning. [...]




Mon May 23



Ancient Solar Superflare Suggests Risks for Mars Missions
Space [MARS]
When a powerful "superflare" from the sun scoured the solar system more than 1,200 years ago, it had little effect on Earths inhabitants — but todays astronauts wouldnt be so lucky. [...]




Sun May 22



Rosetta to Deploy Lander on November 12
jpl.nasa.gov [LANDER]
The European Space Agencys Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. [...]




Mon May 23



Brewing Life On Earth - Violent Sun, Weak Shielding May Have Contributed Video
Space [LIFE]
4 billion years ago, the Sun was cooler than it was today, but much more active. Earths weaker magnetosphere allowed particles from solar flares to seep into the atmosphere, contributing to the creation of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. [...]




Sun May 22



Dawn Heads Toward Final Orbit
jpl.nasa.gov [ORBIT]
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. [...]

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