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Happy weekend! Here's a fun post to start you off right, "Eppur si muove." Do you use gifs for communication? http://bit.ly/1mk0iML
I found a thing on the internet and I HAVE to share. I love gifs. I didn't realize how much I liked those little moving images until I became active on Google Plus, one of the first social networks...
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Greetings, space-lovers! We’re happy to once again host the Carnival of Space, your weekly roundup of the space and astronomy blogosphere. We’ll start with the big exoplanet news of the week: Kepler 186f was announced with its planetary brethren as an…
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The Weekly Space Hangout is about to get started! Join us at http://bit.ly/1mjZUhi
Join Fraser Cain and our rotating group of space journalists for the rundown on this week's space and astronomy news. We organize the Weekly Space Hangout every Friday afternoon at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern. You can watch it on Universe Today, Google+ or the Universe Today YouTube channel.
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Relating to today's launch, here's some of the tech behind the #SpaceX  mission by +Alan Boyle 
 
Get the scoop on the coolest technologies riding on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket:
SpaceX's cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station is due to send a host of innovations into orbit on Friday — ranging from a laser communica...
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Why do we do the science that we do?

"Why do we care about craters? Craters can tell us a lot about what’s going on on a planetary surface. One of the main uses of craters is to tell ages. On the moon, we have a chronology that tells us that a surface that has a certain number of craters of a certain size will be a specific age. The basic idea is that if a surface has been around longer (it’s older), it will have accumulated more craters."

Read more at http://cosmoquest.org/x/the-science/

Join the Mappers at: http://cosmoquest.org/projects/moon_mappers/
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ICYMI on the blog: Our postdoc muses on the state of women in astronomy, with shared personal stories http://bit.ly/1jesmye
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We're taking applications NOW for our Summer teacher professional development all about Asteroids. See http://bit.ly/1mk00FG for details
We are putting the finishing touches on our final version of InVestaGate, a middle school unit about asteroids, comets, the Solar System, and meteorites that aligns with the Next Generation Science...
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Goodbye LADEE! You were a lovely spacecraft and did some great science while orbiting the Moon.
 
Ground controllers confirmed that our Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 12:30 and 1:22 a.m. EDT Friday morning.

LADEE lacked fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit or continue science operations and was intentionally sent into the lunar surface. The spacecraft's orbit naturally decayed following the mission's final low-altitude science phase. More information: http://go.nasa.gov/1nu4xVU 
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Crashed her into the Moon that is no way to treat a Ladee :-D
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Another launch attempt for #SpaceX happens today at 19:25 UTC (3:25pm EDT). Hoping for good weather for the #SpaceMicrobes  of Project MERCURRI to make it to the Space Station! #Citizenscience with microbes in space...

Watch the launch prep at NASATV: http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

And see or interview with the Project MERCURRI team on Learning Space: Learning Space Ep. 52: Project MERCCURI 
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Today in "spacecraft photographing other spacecraft in space" 
 
You know, because we can.

Here's a pic of a car on Mars driving, zapping, and drilling the surface, taken by an orbiter traveling overhead, that is then sent via radio waves to giant dishes on Earth that pick out the signal from the noise of the universe and put it on the web.

Look at that beautiful rover and those delicate tracks.

(More: http://www.uahirise.org/releases/msl-kimberley.php)
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