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Solar System: What to Know This Week

Solar System: What to Know This Week

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

1. Readying OSIRIS-REx for Launch


Our OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission will launch
one month from now, and engineers are getting the spacecraft and its
rocket ready for action. One major step will be encasing OSIRIS-REx in
its fairing, the protective shield where the spacecraft will ride into

Learn more about OSIRIS-REx.

2. Be a Planetary Ambassador


Our Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public outreach program for volunteers across the nation, who share the excitement of our space exploration missions and
information about recent discoveries with their communities. Think you have what it takes to be a Solar System

Apply starting September 1

3. Cassini’s Grand Adventure


This week, Cassini prepares for the final phase of its grand
adventure at Saturn, which will include orbits that take the robotic
spacecraft just outside the planet’s spectacular rings. Already,
Cassini’s orbital inclination is increasing, and it has sent home some
striking photos taken from above the north pole.

See the latest sights.

4. Watch Peak Perseids


August’s Perseid meteor shower peaks for U.S. observers just after
sunrise on Friday morning, Aug. 12. Some experts’ predictions include an
outburst of up to 150 or 200 meteors per hour at the peak. Will there
be an outburst, or even a second peak, as in some past years?

Watch and see

5. Eye in the Sky


Our Mars Reconnaissance Obiter continues its eagle-eye
watch on the Red Planet from above. The MRO team released a
massive new collection of super-high-resolution images of the Martian

Take a look.

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

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