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10 Things for the Week of February 16 - 22
Columnist: Autumn Burdick

10 Things for the Week of February 16 - 22
14 February 2014

Voyager, dwarf planets and more -- it's all here in this week's edition of 10 Things.

1. GOING MY WAY

Monday marks the 15th anniversary of when Voyager 1 passed Pioneer 10 on its journey towards interstellar space.

In 1983, Pioneer 10 became the first spacecraft to travel past the orbit of Neptune. Up until 1998, Pioneer 10 was the farthest most manmade object in space. Today, Voyager 1 is still the farthest most manmade object in space.

2. RED DAWN

Five years ago, on February 17th, the Dawn spacecraft made a flyby of the Red Planet on its way to investigate asteroid Vesta.

Dawn is now en route to dwarf planet, Ceres.

3. FORMER PLANET

Tuesday, February 18th is the 84th anniversary of the discovery of dwarf planet, Pluto. Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.

4. FREE SCREENING: "THE STUFF OF DREAMS"

What are you doing Wednesday night? On February 19th there will be a special free screening of the new documentary concerning the Voyager mission titled: "The Stuff of Dreams."

5. SUN-CENTERED

Wednesday, February 19th is the 541st anniversary of the birth of Nicolas Copernicus (1473-1543). The same year that Nicolaus Copernicus died, he published "Concerning the Revolutions of Celestial Spheres," which supported the heliocentric model of the universe. Due to this support, the heliocentric model is called the "Copernican System."

6. OH MY DARLING

Wednesday, February 19th is also the 20th anniversary of the Clementine mission's orbit insertion at the moon. Clementine was the first U.S. lunar mission in more than two decades. While at the moon, Clementine found evidence for ice in a permanently shadowed crater in the lunar south pole.

7. NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK

This week is National Engineers Week. And Thursday, February 20th is "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day." Find profiles on Engineers in our People section.

8. COMET HUNTING

There will be a lecture titled: "A Tail of Two Comets....and a Dog in the Night" in the United Kingdom on February 20th. Of note: This lecture will also focus on the Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Check out the link below for more information.

9. AMERICAN ORBITER

On Thursday it will have been 52 years since John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

10. MUSIC

This week (February 19th), it's been 136 years since Thomas Edison patented the phonograph. Did you know that the Voyager record visually describes how to play a phonograph?


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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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