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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.

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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Planning for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Have you made your hotel reservations yet? Because in three years, on August 21, 2017, you will have the chance to witness one of the most awesome spectacles of Nature --- a total eclipse of the Sun. 

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A Bump in the Night

Surprisingly, even right here in light polluted downtown Chicago, on a clear Moonless night you can photograph faint star clusters and gas clouds within the Milky Way...

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Voyager Map Details Neptune's Strange Moon Triton

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager’s historic footage of Triton has been “restored” and used to construct the best-ever global color map of that strange moon.

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Curiosity Rover is Having Wheel Problems

Mission managers didn’t anticipate that Curiosity would be driving over an area on Mars that has pyramid-shaped rocks embedded into hard ground, as it traverses Mars.

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Stardust Team Reports Discovery of First Potential Interstellar Space Particles

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust.

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Tips to Minimize Moon and Optimize 2014′s Perseid Meteor Shower

In 2014, the legendary Perseid meteor shower is expected to produce the greatest number of meteors between midnight and dawn on the mornings of August 11, 12 and 13. 

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Rosetta Arrives at Target Comet

After a decade-long journey chasing its target, the European Space Agency's Rosetta, carrying three NASA instruments, became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet. 

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Watch for Falling Stars!

On any given night, the sky is alive with light --- the Moon, planets, and the stars. If you stare at the sky long enough, you will see a "shooting star" --- a brief streak of light, blazing a trail across the sky.

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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.

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Visualize Venus Express Aerobraking

The European Space Agency’s Venus Express spacecraft has now been boosted back into a higher orbit following a month of maneuvers that let the craft venture so near Venus that it was aerobraking, or slowing down due to drag from the planet’s thick atmosphere.

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Vatican Observatory “Science Guy” Wins Carl Sagan Medal

When you think of famous public science communicators, Jesuit astronomers might not immediately spring to mind, but you can find one discussing the scientific and philosophical aspects of the question, “Why did the Universe begin?” in Adler's The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time exhibition.

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The Most Precise Measurement of an Alien World's Size

Thanks to NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet outside our solar system. The size of the exoplanet, dubbed Kepler-93b, is now known to an uncertainty of just 74 miles (119 kilometers) on either side of the planetary body.

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Insta-Mars: Crew Wraps Up Mock Mission With Pictures Of Their Hawaiian Adventure

It’s the final countdown for a hardy group of people who have been on “Mars” for the past four months. On Friday, July 25, the HI-SEAS crew will make their return after simulating Red Planet exploration in Hawaii.

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Astronomers Invite the Public to Help Name Exoplanets and Their Stars

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced on July 9, 2014 that it has developed a plan for public participation in the naming of exoplanets – distant planets outside our solar system – and their stars. Their worldwide NameExoWorlds contest will open in September 2014.

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