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CASSINI: An ethereal, glowing spot appears on Saturn's B ring in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. There is nothing particular about that place in the rings that produces the glowing effect -- instead, it is an example of an "opposition surge" making that area on the rings appear extra bright. An opposition surge occurs when the sun is directly behind the observer looking toward the rings. The particular geometry of this observation makes the point in the rings appear much, much brighter than would otherwise be expected. http://ow.ly/IKL2303Ipk7
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This week the LPI library has books about mathematical and numerical methods on display.
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Bill Nye helps explain all the cool stuff you need to know about NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter in the "Why with Nye" online video series. In these two- to three-minute videos, Bill Nye discusses the spacecraft, Jupiter's super storm, radiation in the solar system, and more. http://ow.ly/2mQk303zRMO
Bill helps explain all the cool stuff you need to know about NASA's mission to Jupiter!
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The Solar System Ambassadors Program (SSA) is a public outreach program designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation. These volunteers communicate the excitement of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities. Applications to become a Solar System Ambassador are accepted once a year during the month of September. Successful candidates begin their one-year, renewable term of service the following January 1. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be posted on the Solar System Ambassadors Program website on September 1. http://ow.ly/fTcB303zP6r
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JUNO: This Saturday at 8:51 am EDT the Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its prime mission. At the moment of closest approach, Juno will be about 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) above Jupiter's swirling clouds and traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kilometers per hour) with respect to the planet. The flyby on Saturday will be the first time Juno will have its entire suite of science instruments activated and looking at the giant planet as the spacecraft zooms past. http://ow.ly/X4gZ303BTzM
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Earlier this year, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured a comet outburst on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko that may have been triggered by a landslide. http://ow.ly/3J3T303zGPA
In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.
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As part of its lecture series, the Rice Space Institute presents "NASA's Journey to Mars and Beyond" on Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at 1055 Duncan Hall on the campus of Rice University. Dr. Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator of NASA, will be the featured speaker. http://ow.ly/llvL303ImYM
Lecture/Lecture Series. Rice Space Institute · Dean of Natural Sciences · Physics & Astronomy. NASA's Journey to Mars and Beyond. Wednesday, September 7, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM 1055 Duncan Hall Rice University 6100 Main St Houston, Texas, USA Abstract: NASA is on a journey to Mars, ...
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JUNO: NASA's Juno mission successfully executed its first of 36 orbital flybys over the weekend. This view of Jupiter was taken on August 27, when Juno was 437,000 miles (703,000 kilometers) away. http://ow.ly/vMyC303ImxK
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In the latest post in the American Geophysical Union's Plainspoken Scientist blog, tips are shared for asking about, understanding, and communicating the statistical significance of scientific findings. http://ow.ly/CCBp303zTpn
By Brendan Bane As a courtesy to Washington DC-based and visiting journalists, AGU recently invited reporters and researchers to gather, eat, drink, and discuss a sometimes daunting subject: statistics. On Thursday, August 11, AGU partnered with STATS.org, Sense About Science USA, and the DC Science Writers Association to host a workshop on interpreting data through statistics. Statisticians Regina Nuzzo of Gallaudet University and Jonathan Auerb...
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HiRISE: This HiRISE image shows many small craters over a larger degraded one in the northern lowlands of Mars. http://ow.ly/wLlQ303zPEN
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Test your knowledge about the upcoming OSIRIS-REx mission with a quiz presented by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The CSA is collaborating with NASA on the sample-return mission scheduled for launch on September 8. http://ow.ly/fyEd303BSpJ
How much do you know about OSIRIS-REx, Canada's next mission to space launching on September 8, 2016? Take the quiz to find out!
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A newly discovered, roughly Earth-sized planet orbiting our nearest neighboring star might be habitable, according to a team of astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla, Chile, along with other telescopes around the world. The exoplanet is at a distance from its star that allows temperatures mild enough for liquid water to pool on its surface. http://ow.ly/UsEw303zLq4
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