Comet C/2013 A1 will make a close pass of Mars on Oct 19, 2014, passing at a distance of ~82,000m (132,000km). NASA will move the Mars Orbiting spacecraft to the opposite side of the planet during the pass, to protect them from debris.
“At about 32 million light-years from Earth, it is a type of very active galaxy known as a Seyfert galaxy — a classification that accounts for 10% of all galaxies. They have very bright, luminous centres comparable to that of our galaxy, the Milky Way.”
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The Suns wake helps confirm Voyager 1 has gone interstellar -
Voyager 1, launched in 1977 is currently more than 127AU (19billion km) or 35 light hours from Earth and is listening the to the sounds of interstellar space. The sun sends out massive “coronal mass ejections” or waves, which push the particles around Voyager 1 allowing scientists to study its surroundings and “listen” to the oscillations of the particles. Voyager has yet to leave our solar system, marked by ring of comets known as the Oort cloud. But Voyager 1 has left the heliosphere.
Astronomers discovered a bright spot that only lasted for a few days in one of Titan’s oceans, the images were taken from the Cassini spacecraft in 2013. The bright spot being referred to as the “Magic Island” has been speculated as gasses, waves or perhaps some frozen material.
NASAs Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is “a first-ever mission to identify, capture and redirect a near-Earth asteroid to a stable orbit around the moon..”. Various research groups that discover and research Asteroid have been helping vet possible candidates for the ARM mission.
Enceladus is Saturn’s 6th largest moon, discovered by William Herschel in 1789. Both Voyager spacecraft and passed by and studied the moon. This image is from the Cassini spacecraft which made several close-passes in 2005.
NASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test flight on June 28, 2014 was a success. The craft was lifted to 180,000ft and parachuted back to Earth. The LDSD is a saucer-shaped craft that is being used to test the next generation of reentry vehicle technologies required for larger missions like humans landing on Mars.