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Moon, Jupiter & Venus: Galician National Park, Spain 
What are those bright objects hovering over the horizon? Planets— and the Moon. First out, the horizon featured is a shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean that occurs at the Galicia National Park in northern Spain. Next furthest out, on the left, is the Moon. Easily the brightest object on the night sky, the Moon here was in only a crescent phase. The next furthest out, on the right, is the planet Venus, while planet Jupiter is seen at the top of the triangle. The long exposure from our rapidly rotating Earth made all of celestial objects—including the far distant stars—appear as slight arcs. The featured image was taken last Sunday night. Although the Moon's orbit has now taken it away from this part of the sky, the planets Venus and Jupiter can be seen superposed just after sunset until mid-August. The closest apparent separation of Venus and Jupiter will occur in one week, when the two planets will appear separated by less than the angular diameter of the Moon.

Image Credit & Copyright: Fernando Rey (LuzLux)
Fernando's website: www.luzlux.com

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Humanity now lives in a new space age after the retirement of the Space Shuttle where it is no longer only government entities sending vehicles into space. In an effort to help NASA continue to do what it has always done best, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in spaceflight, commercial space companies have begun sending their own spacecraft into orbit and docking them with the International Space Station, taking up the slack for NASA and other governments in the job of cargo resupply, and in the next few years, crew transfer as well. The plan has always been that commercial companies can take over where NASA has been so they can move on to bigger things, such as larger operations beyond Earth orbit, including a potential manned Mars mission.

Many people, however, have voiced opinions that NASA is ignoring the Moon simply because they have been there before, and that there is still a lot of value in going there. Now NASA is revealing they have not forgotten about the Moon, but that they are ready to let commercial space companies tackle that in their stead. Right now the idea is limited to proposals for commercial partners to develop robotic landers to help deliver payloads to the lunar surface, but NASA recognizes the benefits of not just expanded scientific potential, but even commercial benefit due to the rich amount of natural resources on the Moon including minerals, water, and even the potentially important isotope of helium-3.

This initiative is currently known as Lunar CATALYST (for Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown) and could be the beginning of some very important commercial space endeavors if things go as well as they have in low-Earth orbit (LEO) so far. To learn more about Lunar CATALYST, head here: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-flight-news/nasa-announces-commercial-lunar-lander-inititative/

While NASA is hoping to get commercial companies involved in important things like that, it is still the group that enables such initiatives to be possible thanks to past experience, and will be the ones to open up newer areas from here, including Mars and beyond. Tell Congress this entitles them to the budget they deserve. If you agree, take action here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

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