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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.

Alvan Clark Research in the Adler’s Collections

During my research in astronomy I have learned that the astronomical community is a most generous one. They have been willing to share their time, thoughts, and resources. I have, on a number of occasions, used such resources at the Adler and have found the staff there no less generous. 

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International Space Station's Spacewalkers at Work

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are conducting a series of emergency spacewalks beginning this weekend that are intended to correct a critical cooling system failure.

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Collections Close-Up: Early Moon Maps

As our closest neighbor in the Universe, the Moon is a natural place for humans to explore. Before the telescope was invented, people usually envisioned the Moon with a smooth surface.

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Do Black Holes Come in Size Medium?

Black holes can be very small, with masses only about 10 times that of our Sun -- or enormous, boasting the equivalent in mass up to 10 billion suns.

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The Perilous Journey of Comet ISON

The vast dark past Pluto is a deep freeze filled with a trillion fragments of ice and rock, the left-over detritus from the formation of the Sun and planets.

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NASA Sees 'Watershed' Cosmic Blast in Unique Detail

On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops the charts as one of the brightest ever seen.

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JFK and the Space Race

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave a landmark speech before Congress in which he put forth his bold goal, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth."

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Exploring the Third Dimension of Cassiopeia A

One of the most famous objects in the sky - the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant - will be on display like never before, thanks to NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and a new project from the Smithsonian Institution.

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MAVEN: Course Set for Mars

The Mars Curiosity rover will have a visitor next fall in the form of MAVEN—the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN. Unlike its ground-based, 6-legged friend, however, MAVEN will orbit the red planet and use some high-tech equipment to help scientists uncover a long-standing mystery: what happened to the Martian atmosphere?

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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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