When people first hear about how Curiosity will land on Mars, their first question always is: are they nuts? This is the second in a multi-part series describing how -- and why -- Curiosity will land this way, in excruciating detail.
Join me at Planetfest™ 2012: Curiosity Knows No Bounds, August 4 and 5 in Pasadena, CA. Space exploration brings out the best in us humans, and Planetfest is a celebration of the amazing Curiosity rover’s historic landing on Mars! We will all get to know more about our planetary neighbor and the spacecraft unlocking its secrets.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/06/28 12:02 CDT
Hang out with Fraser Cain and amateur astronomers all over the world in Cosmoquest's Virtual Star parties conducted over Google+. Here's how -- plus an inspiring video produced by Google to show just how cool this is.
A newly published paper shows trans-Neptunian object Salacia to be unexpectedly large; it's somewhere around the tenth largest known thing beyond Neptune. It has a companion one-third its size, making it appear similar to Orcus and Vanth.