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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.

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Provides New View of Saturn and Earth

NASA has released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.

 

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Remembering Gemini 12

November 11th marks the forty-seventh anniversary of the launch of Gemini 12, the last human spaceflight mission before Project Apollo, and the first flight to use underwater training for spacewalking or Extra-vehicular Activity (EVAs).

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Spitzer and ALMA Reveal a Star's Bubbly Birth

Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth as never before in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47.

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Caroline Herschel & Mary Somerville Hacked Astronomy

In 1835, Caroline Herschel and Mary Somerville were the first women awarded honorary memberships in the Royal Astronomical Society. Caroline and Mary weren’t the first female astronomers and they certainly weren’t the last, but the level of recognition they earned was groundbreaking.

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NASA's Hubble Sees Asteroid Spouting Six Comet-Like Tails

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope set of images from Sept. 10, 2013 reveals a never-before-seen set of six comet-like tails radiating from a body in the asteroid belt designated P/2013 P5. 

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Supporting Future STEM Professionals

When my wife Oksana and I first arrived from Russia to the United States, we had little more than $100.00 but that didn’t matter because what we did have was a great education.

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Olympic Torch Blasts into Space for First Spacewalk

A Russian rocket carrying three astronauts and the Sochi Olympic torch soared into space on Thursday. The rocket travelled to the International Space Station ahead of the first-ever spacewalk for the symbol of peace.

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A Q&A with Girls Do Hack Keynote Speaker Poornima Vijayashanker

Poornima Vijayashanker is the keynote speaker for Girls Do Hack and founder of Femgineer - an education startup, where she provides tech professionals and engineers with skills to better themselves in product development, communication, and leading teams.

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Scientists Discover the First Earth-Sized Rocky Planet

Astronomers have discovered the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has a rocky composition like that of Earth. 

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Comets: “Divine Torches of Wrath”

In the 17th century, many people believed comets were omens of terrible things to come.

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Mars Crater May Actually Be Ancient Supervolcano

Scientists have identified a possible supervolcano on Mars—the first discovery of its kind.

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Girls Do Hack: Empowering Young Women in STEM

Those of you who've heard about Ada Lovelace, know that girls have been hacking for a very long time. Problem is the world doesn't really know that, nor, unfortunately do a lot of young women.

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NASA's Hubble Sees Comet ISON Intact

A new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of comet ISON suggests that it is intact despite some predictions that the fragile icy nucleus might disintegrate as the Sun warms it.

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Researching King Arthur’s Table at the Adler Planetarium

Tucked away on the lower level of the Adler Planetarium is the Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy.  It may be located way below the sky theatres, but it can still inspire cosmic wonder in historians like me.

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NASA at 55

As NASA begins its 56th year of operations, they're expanding commercial access to the International Space Station and developing a new rocket and spacecraft to send astronauts farther than ever.

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Visualization and the Senses

The area of visualization is pretty active right now, with many opportunities to rethink how we humans relate to the Universe we live in, and how the data our civilization is gathering informs our growth as a species.

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Comet ISON to Sweep Closely Past Mars on October 1

Comet ISON will sweep closely past Mars on October 1, 2013. NASA spacecraft will be turned in its direction, in hopes of capturing some great photos and new information.

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Sputnik and Project Moonwatch in Adler History

October 4 marks the fifty-sixth anniversary of Sputnik, the first Earth satellite. Launched by the Soviet Union, Sputnik was a part of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) from 1957 to 1958, a research effort involving scientists from sixty-seven nations.

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Over 750 Reports of 2 Large Fireballs Over U.S. Midwest

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received over 750 reports of large fireballs (bright meteors) over the U.S. Midwest on Thursday and Friday night.

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Telescope Research: Optics Behind the Iron Curtain

Today’s research led my telescopic twin colleague (Michael Korey, a curator at the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in Dresden, Germany) and I to visit Rolf Riekher in southeast Berlin.

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