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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL NYE: THE PLANETARY SOCIETY GUY!

Photo Credit:  Brandon Hill of Brandon Hill Photography. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to William “Bill” Sanford Nye, born on November 27, 1955 to Jacqueline Jenkins who was a WWII code breaker and Edwin “Ned” Darby Nye who was also a WWII veteran.  … 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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