Cosmos 1 was—and is—a great effort, and one we are proud The Planetary Society tried to do. Our independent grassroots organization built and launched a spacecraft whose technology promises to one day open up interstellar travel.
I received the following question by email last week: "Do you know if the Mars rovers team has any plans to photograph Venus and Earth together in the evening sky from either rover site? They will be closest together around Sept. 29th."
Despite a few unexpected bumps and curves in their explorations
at Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum, the Mars Exploration Rovers have
been working away and both Spirit and Opportunity have put in a very productive
month's worth of work on the Red Planet.
Since the discovery of 2003 UB313, larger than Pluto, there's been a lively debate going on in many places about what makes a planet. There's now an article in Nature talking about a proposal that would address the controversy
Spirit has returned enough pictures from the summit [summit
#1] of Husband Hill for the Mars Exploration Team to have put together
a 240-degree color panorama of her view, which they released at a news conference
today, held at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. In coming days, the rover
will return the rest of the images to complete the full, 360-degree, color
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