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Welcome to the Adler's Blogs! Adler Transmissions provides you with the latest news and views from Adler's astronomers, curators, partners, and programming staff. From Earth to distant planets and beyond, This Week in Space discusses the latest discoveries and accomplisments in science, space, and technology.

Orion Launch and Mission Operations Teams Run Through Mission Practice

The flight controllers who will launch and operate Orion during its Thursday, December 4 flight test are conducting a mission dress rehearsal today to make sure they have the plans for the 4 1/2-hour flight down solid and to refine any areas. 

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Full STEAM Ahead! Adler's Second Annual Girls Do Hack Day!

Choo choo! I am full STEAM ahead on the STEM + art/design train. This past Saturday, at our 2nd annual Girls Do Hack Day at the Adler Planetarium, I saw first-hand how well it works to use the creativity and fun of art/design to hook girls into STEM.

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Rosetta Continues Into Its Full Science Phase

With the Philae lander’s mission complete, Rosetta will now continue its own extraordinary exploration, orbiting Comet 67P/Churymov–Gerasimenko during the coming year as the enigmatic body arcs ever closer to our Sun.

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New Adler Collections Catalog

One of the many benefits of working behind the scenes in a museum is the opportunity to develop personal relationships with artifacts. 

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Girls Do Hack Sponsor Perspective: Misha Malyshev

It’s no secret that women are significantly under-represented within the technology sector. 

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Rosetta and Comet 67P

This is the best part of space exploration.

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Ekphest at the Adler

Ekphrastic poetry is a form of writing that is inspired by a work of visual art, and responded to or reconceived by the writer as poetry or prose.

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NASA Reveals Mysteries of 'Interstellar' Space

The new Paramount film "Interstellar" imagines a future where astronauts must find a new planet suitable for human life after climate change destroys the Earth's ability to sustain us. Multiple NASA missions are helping avoid this dystopian future by providing critical data necessary to protect Earth.

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Exo-Eclipse

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about eclipses. You might have noticed that lunar eclipses have been all over the news this year

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Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars.

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Partial Solar Eclipse

The world is a wondrous and amazing place, even if you aren't paying that close attention. But if you do have a little desire to see something out of the ordinary, then a little planning can go a long way to give you a spectacle worth seeing.

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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, October 19.

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Observing the Sky: A Shared Experience

On October 8, 2014, the Chicago area – and, indeed, most of the United States – will see a total lunar eclipse, when the Moon passes through the shadow cast by the Earth. 

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Happy Astronomy Day!

Although every (clear) day is the day to look up at the stars and wonder at our vast Universe, a few days, like today, have been given special status.

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Chicagohenge: When All Roads Lead to the Sun

The coming and goings of the seasons produce changes that we all recognize. The arrival of fall brings cooler temperatures and the riotous colors of autumn.

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NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for September 21 Orbit Insertion

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled September 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.

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NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport U.S. Astronauts to International Space Station

U.S. astronauts will once again travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts.

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Icy Aquifers on Titan Transform Methane Rainfall

The NASA and European Space Agency Cassini mission has revealed hundreds of lakes and seas spread across the north polar region of Saturn's moon Titan. These lakes are filled not with water but with hydrocarbons, a form of organic compound that is also found naturally on Earth and includes methane. 

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NASA Invites Public to Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule

NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft launching to an asteroid in 2016.

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Small Asteroid to Safely Pass Close to Earth Sunday

A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, September 7. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 pm EDT (11:18 am PDT), the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand.

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