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As Seen by Rosetta: Comet Surface Variations   15 Aug 2014
New Rosetta image shows the diversity of surface structures on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Read More
Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity
Curiosity Mars Rover Prepares for Fourth Rock Drilling   15 Aug 2014
The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has chosen a rock that looks like a pale paving stone as the mission's fourth drilling target, if it passes engineers' evaluation. Read More
Stardust Team Reports Discovery of First Potential Interstellar Space Particles   14 Aug 2014
Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. Read More
Tall Boulder Rolls Down Martian Hill, Lands Upright
Tall Boulder Rolls Down Martian Hill, Lands Upright   13 Aug 2014
A path resembling a dotted line from the upper left to middle right of this image is the track left by an irregularly shaped, oblong boulder as it tumbled down a slope on Mars before coming to rest in an upright attitude. Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
25 Aug 2014 25th Anniversary, Voyager 2: Neptune Flyby (Closest Approach)
27 Aug 2014 45th Anniversary, Pioneer-E: Launch
28 Aug 2014 5th Anniversary, Chandrayaan-1: Contact Lost
01 Sep 2014 35th Anniversary, Pioneer 11: Saturn Flyby
03 Sep 2014 1st Anniversary, LADEE Launch Science Museum of Virginia
06 Sep 2014 1st Anniversary, LADEE: Launch
06 Sep 2014 1st Anniversary, Official LADEE Launch Viewing Location: Robert Reed Park
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