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Looking Up - Bob Eklund

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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Cassini Finds Plethora of Plumes, Hotspots at Enceladus Newly released images from last November’s swoop over Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal a forest of new jets spraying from prominent fractures crossing the south polar region and yield the most detailed temperature map to date of one fracture. The new images from the imaging science subsystem and the [...]

Looking Up- Bob Eklund

Looking Up- Bob Eklund

A diverse cast of cosmic characters is showcased in the first images NASA released last week from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, an automated infrared telescope in Earth orbit. Since WISE began its scan of the entire sky in infrared light on Jan. 14, this orbiting telescope has beamed back more than a quarter of a million raw (unprocessed) infrared images. Four new, [...]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Close Encounters of the Phobos Kind The Mars Express spacecraft, which has been orbiting the Red Planet since 2004, recently began a series of close flybys of Phobos, the larger of Mars’ two moons. The campaign will reach its crescendo on March 3, when the spacecraft will set a new record for the closest pass to Phobos, skimming the surface at just 50 km. The data collected could help [...]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Imaging Pluto’s White, Dark-Orange, and Charcoal-Black Terrain NASA has released the most detailed and dramatic images ever taken of the distant dwarf planet Pluto. The images from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope show an icy, mottled, dark molasses-colored world undergoing seasonal surface color and brightness changes. Pluto has become significantly redder, while its illuminated northern [...]

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Suspected Asteroid Collision Leaves Trailing Debris NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed a mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids. Astronomers have long thought the asteroid belt is being ground down through collisions, but such a smashup has never been seen before. Asteroid collisions are energetic, [...]

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