10 Things for the Week of January 5 - 11
3 January 2014
Which is your preferred form of communication? Talk, type or text? There are many ways to convey information, and this week is full of communicators -- plus a few other things.
Come Sunday Jupiter will be at opposition -- no, we haven't been arguing. Opposition means that Jupiter, the Earth and the sun will be positioned in a straight line with the Earth in the middle. Find out more in Jane Houston Jones' "What's Up" for January.
2. DOT, DASH, DOT
On January 6, 1838 -- that's 176 years ago, come Monday -- Samuel Morse demonstrated the telegraph system. Morse was also one of the developers of Morse Code.
3. JUNO TOO
Ham radio operators across the world said "Hi" to the Juno spacecraft this past December. How did they do it? With Morse Code.
4. MESSAGE IN THE SOIL
Did you know that Curiosity's wheels makes special Morse Code tracks in the Martian soil? Read the below to learn more.
5. LADEE TALK
The LADEE mission to the moon is testing a new laser communication system. Called NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD), this laser technology will make it possible for 3-D High Definition video transmissions in deep space to become routine one day.
Wednesday, January 8th is the anniversary of the death of Galileo Galilei. Galileo discovered four moons of Jupiter, the phases of Venus and more. He was also a supporter of the Copernican Model. The Copernican Model defines the solar system with all of the planets, including the Earth, orbiting the sun.
7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds and often compared to Einstein, is celebrating his 71st birthday this Wednesday (January 8). Hawking has Lou Gehrig's disease (or ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease) which makes it impossible for him to walk, speak or use his hands, but that doesn't stop him from contributing to science. Stephen explains on his website how he lectures and speaks to the public. Check it out.
8. E.T. PHONE HOME
January 8th is also the date for the closest approach of asteroid 25930 Spielberg. This asteroid is named for Steven Spielberg, director, writer, producer of such films as "Saving Private Ryan," "Indiana Jones," "Deep Impact," "Jurassic Park," and "E.T. the Extraterrestrial," to name just a few.
Do you remember how E.T. phoned home?
9. KEEPING IN TOUCH
On January 9th the Cassini spacecraft will make a distant flyby of Saturn's largest moon: Titan. Launched in 1997, Cassini has been exploring the Saturn system since 2004.
We have some "Great Shots" from space within our Multimedia galleries. Consider sharing a NASA image with a friend or family member -- they are sure to appreciate it.
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