On the Cover:
The Genesis Rock was one of the great prizes returned to Earth by project Apollo
. Here we show a magnified view of individual crystals within the rock. Analysis of this piece of anorthosite fixed its age at about 4.4 billion years—a rare find in a solar system on 4.6 billion years old. Scientists infer that the Genesis Rock formed from the original magma ocean that once covered the surface of the forming Moon.
Graham Ryder, Lunar and Planetary Science Institute
Volume 14, number 3
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4 The Gift of Apollo: Carl Sagan looks back on the achievements of Apollo with this essay concerning the moment and the meaning of those first steps on the Moon.
6 While We Weren't Watching: Apollo's Scientific Exploration of the Moon: Andrew Chaikin reminds us of the contributions Apollo made to our understanding of the universe.
10 Observing a Catclysym: The Last Days of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9: John Spencer shares the latest developments of this comet on a collision course with Jupiter.
14 The Comet is Coming: The Planetary Society Revs Up for Jupiter Watch: Charlene Anderson presents what the Society has planned for the upcoming collision!
3 Members' Dialogue A broader scope?
16 News & Reviews What killed off the dinosaurs?
18 Readers' Service Could you eat a comet?
19 Society News More tours, conferences, and a contest.
20 Q&A Why hasn't Mars fallen on its side?
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.
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