Tag Archives: Planetary Science

Goodbye Cassini, Thank You

Images credit & copyright: NASA/JPL. Many more images and links below. On October 15, 1997 a Titan IV (401)B lifted off from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 carrying what would become one of the most successful space probes in our history; Cassini. … Continue reading

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Alone in a Galaxy of Billions

Illustration credit & copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech Ever feel alone in a world of billions? Well believe it or not, there are planets in our galaxy and likely in every galaxy that truly are alone. Through the unfortunate interactions of their fellow … Continue reading

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ESA’s ExoMars Orbiter & Lander Bound for the Red Planet

Illustration Credit & Copyright: B. Bethge/European Space Agency (ESA). LAUNCH ALERT: Monday, March 14 at 09:30 UTC (05:30 EDT) The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars mission will be launching to the Red Planet from the legendary Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan … Continue reading

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The Messenger Must Die!

Image & Illustration Credit & Copyright: NASA/JHUAPL. With the burn up of Venus Express in late 2014-early 2015, one of our two eyes to the inferior (inner) planets was extinguished. Unfortunately, it seems that this week, by the end of … Continue reading

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New Horizons Tests its Eyes

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute Not only is this one of my favorite images of the solar system but the facts surrounding it make is a pretty appropriate post for the day.  First … Continue reading

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ENCELAUS (ZOOM 2-3)

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/JPL Cassini. Everyone really seemed to enjoy that image of ice moon Enceladus and Saturn so I think I’m going to turn this series into an impromptu ZOOM series. Sooooo let’s take a closer look at … Continue reading

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ENCELADUS (ZOOM 1-3)

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/JPL Michael Benson/Kinetikon Pictures. As if it’s attempting to garner the attention of the mighty Saturn (72,367 miles in diameter), Enceladus (310 miles in diameter) vents vast liquid geysers deep into space from its south polar … Continue reading

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