In Space Blog 2 2018-05-16T10:03:02+00:00
Planets of the solar system image of Neptune.

The Ice Giants

July 2017

When NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft completed its mission exploring Jupiter and Saturn, the spacecraft was re-tasked to continue on, stopping at both Uranus and Neptune before traveling beyond the heliosphere ...

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Exploring Titan

May 2017

The Huygens lander, part of NASA’s Cassini mission, bounced and tumbled on the surface of Saturn's largest moon in January 2005 ...

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The Earth's Moon

March 2017

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a NASA mission launched in June 2009. The LRO arrived at the moon after a four-day journey and was placed in orbit approximately 30 miles (50 km) above the surface ...

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Mapping the Sky

February 2017

When the first refracting telescopes were aimed at the stars in the 1700’s, new constellations were being “discovered” by explorers as they navigated the oceans near the North and South Pole, completing the map of the night sky ...

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Mercury's Elliptical Orbit

January 2017

About four and a half billion years ago, the gravitational pull of the newly formed sun influenced the orbital speed and trajectory of the planets within the solar system ...

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Volcanoes on Venus

January 2017

Because of Venus’ heavy atmosphere and lack of tectonic plates, molten rock slowly and uneventfully flows to create the lava plains and “pancake” domes that cover the planet ...