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Uh, We’re Going To Need A Bigger Landing Pad

By Matt Williams Since 2000, Elon Musk been moving forward with his vision of a fleet of reusable rockets, ones that will restore domestic launch capability to the US and drastically reduce the cost of space launches. The largest rocket in this fleet is the Falcon...

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How Big is the Great Red Spot?

By Fraser Cain When we used to do the Virtual Star Party (and I really need to start those up again, they were super fun), I had the worst luck with Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Whenever Jupiter was in the sky, the Great Red Spot always eluded us. Even though we...

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Book Review: The Caloris Network

By Mark Mortimer Thinking of taking a vacation this summer? Maybe you want to distract yourself with a bit of light science fiction fun. How about a deadly alien life form harbored within our solar system? That’s what Nick Kanas presents in his scientific novel...

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How Fast Does Venus Rotate?

By Matt Williams Venus is often refereed to as “Earth’s sister planet”, thanks to the number of things it has in common with our planet. As a terrestrial planet, it is similarly composed of silicate rock and metals – which are differentiated...

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Carnival of Space #467

By Susie Murph This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Brian Wang at his Next Big Future blog. Click here to read Carnival of Space #467 And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If...

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Messier 19 (M19) – Th NGC 6273 Globular Cluster

By Tammy Plotner Welcome back to Messier Monday! In our ongoing tribute to the great Tammy Plotner, we take a look at the Messier 19 globular star cluster. Enjoy! In the 18th century, while searching the night sky for comets, French astronomer Charles Messier began...

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Jupiter Compared to Earth

By Matt Williams Ever since Galileo Galilei first observed Jupiter closely in 1610 using a telescope of his own design, scientists and astronomers have been immensely fascinated by the Jovian planet. Not only is it the Solar System’s largest planet, but there...

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We’re Finally Sending Ears to Mars

By Bob King We all love that feeling of “being there” when it comes to missions to other planets. Juno’s arrival at Jupiter, New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto and the daily upload of raw images from the Mars Curiosity rover makes each of us an...

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