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By Susie Murph on June 28, 2018 in

Taken from the December 2015 Planetarian Vol. 44, No. 4 pages 16-17, 36 So, after Baton Rouge in 2012, Beijing in 2014, and Warsaw in 2016, Cité de l’espace, Toulouse, will organize the 24th International Planetarium Society Conference, for the first time in France, a country where planetariums have been very dynamic for close to […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on October 30, 2014 in

On the heels of a natural crater recently discovered by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a human-made crater was also imaged this week. LADEE, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, spent several months studying the exosphere, or thin, tenuous atmosphere, around the Moon. LADEE searched for, and did not find, high altitude dust that had […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on February 11, 2014 in

Last week, NASA announced that the MESSENGER spacecraft surpassed a huge milestone having returned 200,000 images of Mercury back to Earth. We say, congratulations! You deserve the best high-five ever! MESSENGER is now in its second extended mission studying Mercury and its environment. As the first spacecraft to orbit the innermost planet to the Sun, […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on February 5, 2014 in

Asteroid (25143) Itokawa is a peanut-shaped near Earth asteroid that doesn’t actually present a threat to Earth, but has given us an amazing opportunity to study such asteroids up close. Although a lot smaller than their cousins Vesta and Ceres which are being visited by the Dawn spacecraft, such near Earth asteroids are important for […]