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10 Historic Moments in Voyager’s Journey to Interstellar Space

by Elizabeth Howell September 13, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Yesterday, NASA announced that as of August 2012, Voyager 1 is in a new frontier to humanity: interstellar space. Our most distant spacecraft is now in a region where the plasma (really hot gas) environment comes more from between the stars […]

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What the Earth and Moon Look Like From Saturn

by Jason Major July 21, 2013

Did you smile and wave at Saturn on Friday? If you did (and even if you didn’t) here’s how you — and everyone else on Earth — looked to the Cassini spacecraft, 898.4 million miles away. Hope you didn’t blink! Remove this ad Jason Major on Google+

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Say Cheese: Cassini to Snap Another “Pale Blue Dot” Picture of Earth

by Jason Major June 18, 2013

Citizens of Earth, get ready for your Cassini close-up: once again the spacecraft is preparing to capture images of Saturn positioned between it and the Sun, allowing for incredible views of the ring system and its atmosphere — and also a tiny “pale blue dot” in the distance we call home. Remove this ad Jason […]

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A Valentine From Voyager

by Jason Major February 14, 2013

On February 14, 1990, after nearly 13 years of travel through the outer Solar System, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft crossed the orbit of Pluto and turned its camera around, capturing photos of the planets as seen from that vast distance. It was a family portrait taken from over 4.4 billion kilometers away — the ultimate […]

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Pale Blue Dot: an Animated Contemplation

by Jason Major December 5, 2012

Every now and then, someone takes Carl Sagan’s wonderful reading of his iconic “Pale Blue Dot” narrative and turns it into an animated presentation, usually combining images and video footage of space exploration and Earthly vistas to create something undeniably spellbinding (Sagan’s narratives do have a tendency to have that effect!) Artist Adam Winnik went […]

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