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Whipple’s Moonwatch: Amateur Astronomers in the Space Age

October 4, 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of the launch of Earth’s first artificial satellite “Sputnik,” in 1957. The world was astonished by the news that the Soviet Union had successfully put a satellite into Earth’s orbit for the first time in history. Sputnik had a profound impact on international…

Visual Astronomy Display: December 2017

Highlights… Meet ICON, NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer, which launches in 2018! Learn about the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR), an engine that could help us get to Mars in under 40 days travel; The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory looks at our first interstellar asteroid: Asteroid 1I/2017 U1; How do astronauts…