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Book Review: Mars Up Close – Inside the Curiosity Mission

Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission by Marc Kaufman; National Geographic Books, Wash., D.C.; $40.00 (hardcover); August 2014. This is an absolutely stunning book. After this read, and soaking in the lavishly dazzling presentation, you’ll get to know the fourth planet as never before … and why this world is a place that is [...]

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing: 21st Century Slooh Salute!

Since 2003, Slooh has connected telescopes to the Internet for access by the broader public. Slooh’s automated observatories develop celestial images in real-time for broadcast to the Internet. Now the new news! Slooh will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing  with a high-definition lunar broadcast on Sunday, July 20th  starting at 5:30 [...]

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Leading Space Experts to Describe How Finding Life Beyond Earth is Within Reach

Is the Earth unique? Are we alone in the universe? We are the first generation with the technological and scientific ability to answer these timeless questions. Most scientists today agree that finding life in space is no longer a question of if, but when. A panel of leading experts in astrophysics will describe the scientific [...]

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Book Review: Suborbital – Industry at the Edge of Space

Suborbital: Industry at the Edge of Space by Erik Seedhouse; Springer/Praxis, New York /Heidelberg; $34.99; 2014. As the dawn of commercial suborbital flight draws closer, author Erik Seedhouse has written an informative book on the topic. The reader will find splendid accounts of such groups as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems, and XCOR [...]

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Mars Rover: Dealing with Wheel Wear and Tear

Engineers on Earth are trying to get a little traction about wheels on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover is showing wheel “wear and tear” that engineers did not expect this early into the mission. Getting to Mount Sharp is a priority, but the robot has had to adjust its driving to compensate for the wheel damage. [...]

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