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Visual Astronomy Display for August 2016

Highlights…

  • The Rosetta mission is at an end as the European Space Agency plans for a controlled descent into the surface of comet 67P;
  • This month Phil Plait teaches us about black holes and neutron stars in his Astronomy Crash Course series.
  • Joe Hanson discusses the problems of space junk, outdated orbital satellites, and the chain reaction called the Kessler Effect;
  • The Lowell Observatory talks about the re-aluminization of the large mirror of their telescope, explaining how and why it’s done;
  • Forty years ago, on July 20, 1976, Viking 1 became the first U.S. spacecraft to land on Mars. This year NASA’s Langley Research Center celebrated fortieth anniversary of this momentous achievement; and
  • Working with the British Antarctic Survey, ESA is studying how humans survive in conditions resembling a long duration mission on the Moon or Mars.

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