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By Susie Murph on May 21, 2018 in

Welcome to the 553rd Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. So now, on to this week’s stories! First up, a roundup of stories from Universe Today. To kick it off, Fraser Cain has a great […]

By Susie Murph on May 2, 2018 in

Saturday morning, May 5, NASA is scheduled to launch the InSight mission to Mars, under pre-dawn skies from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central coast of California. The mission’s launch period is May 5 through June 8, 2018, with daily launch windows that last two hours per day. Launch opportunities are set five minutes […]

By jagrier on October 20, 2017 in

Impact craters come in all sizes, because impactors come in all sizes. At the smallest size are microscopic particles of dust. They may be tiny, but as noted in the last post, they are traveling very fast, and so they impact with plenty of energy. On a world like the Earth, little bits of dust […]

By Matthew Francis on December 21, 2016 in

We’re pleased to announce the first CosmoAcademy classes for 2017! CosmoAcademy is where experts in various areas of astronomy and planetary science teach you in small online classes. In particular, we bring you specialized topics that you can’t get in other places, in an environment where you can get to know your instructor. Without further ado, […]

By Susie Murph on November 18, 2016 in

The ExoMars orbiter is preparing to make its first scientific observations at Mars during two orbits of the planet starting next week. The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), a joint endeavor between ESA and Roscosmos, arrived at Mars on 19 October. It entered orbit, as planned, on a highly elliptical path. The main science mission will […]