10 Things for the Week of January 19 - 25
17 January 2014
Dreams, sleep, waking up, to remember, to see the future -- it's all here in this week's edition of 10 Things.
1. WAKE UP
This Monday, Rosetta is waking up.
The Rosetta spacecraft, after two successful asteroid encounters, has been in hibernation for the last two and a half years. Rosetta is currently traveling towards a rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
2. "I HAVE A DREAM ..."
Monday is Martin Luther King Day.
3. WOULDN'T IT BE NICE
Brian Wilson of Beach Boy fame has an asteroid named for him. And it is making its close approach this Tuesday. Asteroid 18125 Brianwilson makes a close approach (2.353 AU) to the Earth every five and a half years.
How does the song go ...
4. DAY OF REMEMBRANCE -- JANUARY 23RD
Today -- always -- remember the members of the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews, as well as others who died in the effort of exploration.
5. AND IT KEEPS GOING AND GOING ... AND GOING
Friday/Saturday is the 10th anniversary of the landing of the Opportunity rover on Mars -- depending on your time zone.
6. BLUE WORLD
28 years ago Friday, Voyager 2 made its closest approach to the planet Uranus. This was the first and last time a spacecraft encountered this wondrous gas planet of our outer solar system.
Voyager 2's famous image of Uranus' rings was also taken on January 24th. (Yes, Uranus is a ringed planet. Saturn and Uranus are not alone, although it must be said that Saturn's rings are by far the best and the largest -- and the most imaged in the bunch. All of the planets outward from, and including, the biggest planet Jupiter have rings.)
8. THE FUTURE
On Friday, the 24th, there will be a lecture titled, "The Big Picture for the Geologic History of Venus -- Where Things Stand and Future Exploration" in Houston, Texas. Check out the link below for more information.
9. OH, MY DARLING
Two decades ago a spacecraft named Clementine took us back to the moon after a twenty-year hiatus. While there, Clementine found evidence for water ice at the south pole of the moon in a shadowed crater.
A dream-like image of Mir was recorded in 1996 by astronauts on the Space Shuttle Atlantis when it was approaching the Russian space station.
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