Best known for its role in crafting and commanding spacecraft such as Curiosity, JPL is also home to decades’ worth of accumulated oddities. (p. 32)
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NASA’s rover looks for life-friendly environments. (p. 18)
Planet discovered in Alpha Centauri, just a few light-years away. (p. 23)
Eventual collision with Andromeda to shake up the solar system. (p. 26)
With new efforts aimed at the stars, China seeks to revive its astronomical reputation. (p. 20)
Found in: Astronomy
Ancient photons leave their mark in high-energy radiation from powerful galaxies. (p. 8)
Found in: Atom & Cosmos
A simulation suggests that giant collisions created Titan and the planet’s many smaller satellites.
Found in: Astronomy and Atom & Cosmos
NASA’s newest rover, Curiosity, wasn’t alone on Mars for long.
Two hours after Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on August 6, her cranky alter-ego plopped down with a huff on the Red Planet. That is, a virtual alter ego named Sarcastic Rover appeared on Twitter and began updating followers about her exploits. “Oh sure,” she tweeted early on. “I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing than driving around a wasteland looking at dirt for the rest of my life.”
Sarcastic Rover (@SarcasticRover) tweets about the desolate Martian wilderness, her silent, rocky companions, and the dru...
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