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10 Things for the Week of March 23-29
Columnist: Autumn Burdick

10 Things for the Week of March 23-29
23 March 2014

Asteroids, two Mariners and more. It's all here in this week's edition of 10 Things.

1. ASTEROID FORUM

Want to learn more about the plans for the Asteroid retrieval mission? You may be able to listen in to the NASA Asteroid Initiative Opportunities Forum which will take place on Wednesday in Washington D.C. Check out the link below for details on virtual participation.

2. ASTEROID

The star of the movie Apollo 13 and the executive producer for the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon has an asteroid named for him. Give up? Asteroid 12818 Tomhanks will make its closest approach on Monday, March 24th at a distance of 1.836 AU.

3. NASA

Did you know that there is an asteroid named "NASA?" That same asteroid (11365 NASA) will make its closest approach to the Earth (1.404 AU) on Friday, March 28th.

4. TITAN

Come Tuesday it will have been 359 years since the discovery of Titan by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens.

Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system and is the largest moon of Saturn. It is bigger than the Earth's moon, and even larger than the planet Mercury.

5. ANNIVERSARY

Thursday, March 27th, it's the 45th anniversary of the launch of Mariner 7. This flyby mission took 93 far- and 33 near-encounter images of the Red Planet.

6. 1ST MERCURY FLYBY

40 years ago, Saturday, Mariner 10 became the first mission to fly by the planet Mercury.

Mariner 10 was the first spacecraft to reach one planet by using the gravity of another planet (Venus) to alter its speed and trajectory. This has become an extremely important technique.

7. HUMAN SETTLEMENT IN SPACE

On Tuesday, March 25th there will be a lecture in Washington D.C., titled: Human Settlement in Space -- The Moon's Challenges and Opportunities.

8. THE MOON

Speaking of the moon ...

Do you know what a gigapan or gigapixel image is? It's a picture made of at least one billion pixels!

Well, NASA just released the first interactive gigapixel mosaic of the moon's north pole. The interactive version of this one has 867 billion pixels!

9. 15 MINUTES OF "FRAME"

Want to make cool pictures from real Cassini data of Saturn? Here's your chance, and you might just be featured too.

10. AEROSPACE

It's Aerospace Week in California. This is a part of California's state affairs, but Ed Stone will be speaking on the Voyager mission there. Check out the link below for more details.


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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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