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Solar System: Life Among the Stars

Solar System: Life Among the Stars

Let us lead you on a journey of our solar system. Here are some things to know this week:

1. Amateur” Means “One Who Loves”


We release thousands of breathtaking solar
system images every year and not all of them are the exclusive result
of work by scientists. Amateur image processors around the world take
raw data from deep space missions and turn it into striking visuals.

Amateur images from Cassini

Get current unprocessed images 

2. Prepare to Weigh Anchor


OSIRIS-REx, our first spacecraft
destined to rendezvous with, study and return a sample of an asteroid, will launch. The mission to asteroid
Bennu will yield the largest sample returned from space
since the Apollo era. Tune in four our media briefing about
OSIRIS-REx for 2 p.m. EDT on Aug. 17.

Learn more and tune in.

3. Out for a Walk


Join us for live coverage on Aug. 19 as our astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins install a new gateway for American commercial crew spacecraft
at the International Space Station.

Live coverage of the spacewalk.

4. The Weather Out There


Aug. 17 marks 50 years since the launch of Pioneer 7, a robotic
spacecraft that lived up to its name by exploring the solar magnetic
field, the solar wind and cosmic rays in deep space. Along with Pioneers
6, 8, and 9, the spacecraft formed a ring of solar weather stations
spaced  along Earth’s orbit. Measurements by the craft were used to predict solar storms for organizations ranging
from commercial airlines to power companies.

Learn more.

5. Destination: The Red Planet


The European Space Agency’s ExoMars/Trace Gas Orbiter mission to Mars performed a critical engine burn to
keep it on course. The maneuver was a success, and ExoMars remains on
target for an October arrival.

Learn more.

Discover the full list of 10 things to know about our solar system this week HERE.

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