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What's Up - July 2015
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What's Up Blog: Thoughts about our solar system by Jane Houston Jones
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New Names and Insights at Ceres
New Names and Insights at Ceres   28 Jul 2015
Colorful new maps of Ceres, based on data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, showcase a diverse topography, with height differences between crater bottoms and mountain peaks as great as 9 miles (15 kilometers). Read More
Earth's Moon
Summer Blue Moon   27 Jul 2015
According to modern folklore, whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is "blue." Read More
New Horizons
New Horizons Reveals Pluto's Atmospheric Pressure Has Sharply Decreased   24 Jul 2015
Pluto's atmosphere may be changing before our eyes. Measurements with NASA's New Horizons spacecraft have revealed that Pluto's atmosphere has an unexpectedly low surface pressure compared to that derived from previous observations. Read More
Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity
NASA's Curiosity Rover Inspects Unusual Bedrock   23 Jul 2015
Approaching the third anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found a target unlike anything it has studied before -- bedrock with surprisingly high levels of silica. Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
31 Jul 2015 20th Anniversary, Ulysses: Maximum North Solar Latitude (+80.2 Degrees)
06 Aug 2015 1st Anniversary, Rosetta: Rosetta's Rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
10 Aug 2015 25th Anniversary, Magellan: Venus Orbit Insertion
11 Aug 2015 50th Anniversary, Surveyor Model 1: Launch
12 Aug 2015 10th Anniversary, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: Launch
17 Aug 2015 45th Anniversary, Venera 7: Launch
18 Aug 2015 30th Anniversary, Suisei: Launch
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Last Updated: 28 Jul 2015