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What's Up - October 2014
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What's Up Blog: Thoughts about our solar system by Jane Houston Jones
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Mars Exploration Rover: Opportunity
NASA Rover Opportunity Views Comet Near Mars   20 Oct 2014
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity caught an image of a celestial visitor -- comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring -- as the comet approached near to Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. Read More
Meteors & Meteorites
Orionid Meteor Shower Peak Viewing Available on Ustream   20 Oct 2014
Orionid meteors appear every year around this time when Earth orbits through an area of space littered with debris from the ancient comet. Normally, the shower produces 20 or so meteors per hour. Read More
2001 Mars Odyssey
NASA's Mars Odyssey Orbiter Watches Comet Fly Near   19 Oct 2014
The longest-lived robot ever sent to Mars came through its latest challenge in good health, reporting home on schedule after sheltering behind Mars from possible comet dust. Read More
2001 Mars Odyssey
All Three NASA Mars Orbiters Healthy After Comet Flyby   19 Oct 2014
All three NASA orbiters around Mars confirmed their healthy status Sunday after each took shelter behind Mars during a period of risk from dust released by a passing comet. Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
21 Oct 2014 Orionids Meteor Shower Peak
22 Oct 2014 45th Anniversary, Kosmos 305: Launch
28 Oct 2014 40th Anniversary, Luna 23: Launch
01 Nov 2014 20th Anniversary, Wind: Launch
02 Nov 2014 5th Anniversary, Cassini Enceladus Flyby
05 Nov 2014 1st Anniversary, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM): Launch
05 Nov 2014 50th Anniversary, Mariner 3: Launch
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