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10 Things for the Week of January 12 - 18
Columnist: Autumn Burdick

10 Things for the Week of January 12 - 18
10 January 2014

A decade has passed. Two seemingly short-term rovers went above and beyond their initial missions -- and Opportunity is still going. It's time to celebrate their achievements and the achievements of those that work(ed) on them. Rovers are not the only thing to celebrate this week: Huygens landing on Titan and Stardust's comet samples were delivered to Earth eight years ago this week. These and more are all here in this week's edition of 10 Things.

1.TITAN

Tuesday, January 14th is the 8th anniversary of Huygens landing on Titan. Huygens was the first spacecraft landing in the outer solar system and the farthest one from Earth.

2. GALILEAN MOON

Tuesday last week was the 404 year mark for the discovery of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. Ganymede was discovered by Galileo Galilei. The discovery, along with three other Jovian moons, was the first time a moon was discovered orbiting a planet other than Earth. Did you know that Ganymede is the largest moon in our solar system? It is even bigger than the planet Mercury and dwarf planet, Pluto.

3. OUTER PLANETS

Speaking of the planets and moons of the outer solar system, on Monday and Tuesday (January 13-14, 2014) the Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) will meet in Tucson, Ariz.

4. COMET-SAMPLE RETURN

On Wednesday, it's the eighth anniversary of the delivery of comet Wild 2's comet particles to the Earth from the Stardust spacecraft. Stardust was the first mission to return samples from a comet to Earth.

(Two years, and nearly two weeks earlier Stardust made its flyby of comet Wild 2 to gather the comet particles.)

5. FULL MOON

On Wednesday it's a full moon. Did you know that the moon is not a perfect circle, but more of an egg-shape?

6. 10 YEARS

Come to Pasadena, Calif. for two opportunities to hear about the Mars Exploration rovers and their long journey on Mars. Titled: "The Mars Exploration Rovers: A Decade of Exploration," this lecture will be given on two nights in two locations. Check out the link for more info.

P.S. Bill Nye the Science Guy is speaking at one of them.

7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Friday is the 298th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).

8. EARTHQUAKE

Friday, 20 years ago the Northridge earthquake shook California during the wee hours of the morning. It was a magnitude 6.7 shake.

9. MUSIC FROM DATA

Did you hear about the weather? Space weather that is. Apparently the latest tool for checking space weather is with music. An internet radio station is updated with data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO. Check out the link below for more.

10. NICE SHOTS

Speaking of Titan, here are some images of the moon.


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Autumn is the science writer who enjoys bringing this weekly look at upcoming events and stories from around our solar system to you. Follow SSE on Twitter: @NASASolarSystem
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