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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.

Happy December Solstice

Happy solstice, everyone! The December solstice is Sunday, December 21, at 5:03 pm CST. We in the Northern Hemisphere will have our shortest day and longest night of the year.

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NASA’s Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft makes a comeback with the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new mission -- K2.

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Help Name Craters On Mercury

Join the competition to name five impact craters on Mercury! Submit your ideas from December 15, to January 15, 2015. Finalists go to the IAU for selection of five winners.

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Curiosity Finds Clues to Water Shaping Landscape

Observations by NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicate Mars' Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years.

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NASA’s New Orion Spacecraft Completes First Spaceflight Test

NASA marked a major milestone Friday on its journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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