STAFF BLOG ASTRO BOB Curiosity rover ramps up for road trip to Glenelg
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to Glenelg we go! Scientists with the Mars mission have chosen Curiosity's first exploration destination, a little place nicknamed Glenelg (after a village in Scotland) near t... Posted on 8/18/12 at 10:16 AM
I'm getting a little of that old Apollo feeling all over again watching the Chinese rover Yutu carefully "step" down the lander ramp and roll onto the moon's surface. Check out new pix and video of China's first extraterrestrial landing.
Like an ornament on a tether, the space station's making passes across the evening sky now through the end of the year from many locations in the northern hemisphere. And despite recent technical problems, the astronauts are staying cool.
The other night I looked up at the constellation Gemini near Jupiter and noticed a star missing. Where the heck was Delta Geminorum? Find out how this seemingly ordinary star became part of the Pluto discovery story.
We've touched on the Andromedid meteor shower and learned that Comet ISON may even gift us with dusty sprinkles in January, but neither holds a candle to the annual Geminid meteor shower. Don't miss it this Friday night.
Ever heard of the Andromedids? They were briefly a major meteor shower - meteor storm might be a better description - visible in the late 1800s after the break-up of Comet Biela. Looks like they're back!
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