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10 Things for the Week of July 28 - August 3
Columnist: Autumn Burdick

10 Things for the Week of July 28 - August 3
26 July 2013

Your weekly look at upcoming events and stories from around our solar system.

1. METEORS (MAYBE)

A bright moon will likely spoil the the Southern Delta Aquarids meteor shower peak this weekend. Details: http://1.usa.gov/11hNZr8

2. LOOK FOR MERCURY INSTEAD

A notoriously tough planet to catch, Mercury will be low in the east before sunrise on Tuesday (July 30). Details: http://bit.ly/1c9kDzY

3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CARME

She may be a couple of billion years old, but to us here on Earth Jupiter's tiny moon Carme is a spritely 75. American astronomer Seth Nicholson picked her out of the darkness in on July 30, 1938. Details: http://1.usa.gov/qnUy0a

4. SPRINGTIME FOR ROVERS

Wednesday marks the spring equinox in the sourthern hemisphere of Mars (where both the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers are exploring). It's fall in the north. Details: http://1.usa.gov/1aNfyf2

5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS MITCHELL

Happy 195th birthday to astronomer Maria Mitchell (pictured). She discovered a comet in 1847, breaking into the then all-male profession of American astronomy. We've long since lost track of "Miss Mitchell's Comet," but we can't forget her. Details: http://bit.ly/WCnV7m

6. WARMING UP

Comet ISON is plunging into the frost line some 230 to 280 million miles away from the sun. It will soon feel enough radiation from the sun that water will begin to evaporate and the comet will appear brighter. Details: http://1.usa.gov/12DPSR3

7. SMACKING JUPITER

Around this time in 1994 scientists were watching in awe as comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smack into Jupiter - the first time human beings had seen the collision of a comet and a planet. Details: http://1.usa.gov/11jNT2u

8. TURNING POINT

On July 31, 1964 everything changed for the American space program when Ranger 7 smashed into the moon as planned - sending back 4,316 stunning images before impact. Details: http://1.usa.gov/18ylPhk

9. IMPROVING THE VIEW

A few years later, the view improved again with the launch of Lunar Orbiter 5. Details: http://1.usa.gov/13ilRko

10. THE FALCON HAS LANDED

Thanks to the recon work of the unmanned missions mentioned above, on July 30 Apollo 15's two-man crew landed the first lunar rover on the Moon. Details: http://bit.ly/169SVQQ

For the whole story of solar system exploration, visit http://1.usa.gov/cbmjIJ


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