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Image description: NASA announces that Voyager 1 is officially the first human-made object to venture into interstellar, or “deep” space. 
The 36-year-old probe is 12 billion miles from our sun, and has been traveling in plasma present in the space between stars for about a year. 
Learn more about Voyager’s historic journey.
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Image description: NASA announces that Voyager 1 is officially the first human-made object to venture into interstellar, or “deep” space.

The 36-year-old probe is 12 billion miles from our sun, and has been traveling in plasma present in the space between stars for about a year.

Learn more about Voyager’s historic journey.

Photo from NASA.

Read this note in Spanish.

Image description: Flying Frog!
From NASA: 

A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA’s LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch. The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.

Image from NASA

Image description: Flying Frog!

From NASA: 

A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA’s LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch. The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.

Image from NASA

Happy Birthday, Curiosity!

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NASA’s Curiosity rover celebrated its Martian birthday on August 5 (PDT), the day that it landed on Mars. In honor of this special ocassion, engineers at Goddard Space Flight Center used the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument to “sing” Happy Birthday to Curiosity.

You can help Curiosity celebrate its first birthday too by sending it a postcard, learning about landing on Mars and more.

Video transcript

My name is Florence Tan, I’m the SAM Electrical Lead Engineer, I work at Goddard Space Flight Center. SAM stands for Sample Analysis at Mars. It is an organic chemistry lab on the Curiosity rover, it is the most well-equipped chemistry lab that we’ve sent to Mars to date.

Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5, 2012. It was born on Mars that day, and so we consider that day as its birthday.

We’re here at the test bed lab where SAM was built. It is an identical unit to the unit on Mars, and we use this unit to test our experiments before it is transmitted to Mars.

SAM will be running some great science experiments on Mars, we will be analyzing some soil samples. To make the soil samples go down, we have to program it to vibrate at various frequencies. When we’re introducing a sample into SAM, it will go through a resonance and it will sound like this.

[ electronic tone ]

To commemorate SAM’s birthday and Curiosity’s birthday on Mars, we decided to play a little song. If there’s anyone listening on Mars on this special occasion, you will hear this.

[ Happy Birthday to You ]

It’s really neat, and it’s exciting! This is a first for NASA and for the world, and music brings us all together so this is fun!

It’s been a great year on Mars and I cannot wait to get to Mount Sharp next year. We’ve discovered so many new things, and there’s still lots more discoveries to come.

Image description: This is an animation of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights), eight days after a record-setting solar flare sent a shower of charged particles towards Earth. From Earth, this glowing ring would appear as a curtain of light shimmering across the night sky. Image captured by NASA IMAGE satellite courtesy of NASA Space Place.

Image description: This is an animation of the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights), eight days after a record-setting solar flare sent a shower of charged particles towards Earth. From Earth, this glowing ring would appear as a curtain of light shimmering across the night sky.

Image captured by NASA IMAGE satellite courtesy of NASA Space Place.

Apollo 11 Lands on the Moon

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July 20th is the anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon and Neil Armstrong saying his famous phrase, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

This video shows clips from the historic moon landing.

Video transcript

Base: 15 seconds guidance is internal. 12, 11, 10, 9, ignition sequence starts, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. All engines running. We have liftoff.

Astronaut Voice: Drifting to the right a little. Contact light. Ok, engine stop. The Eagle has landed.

Base: We copy you on the ground.

Announcer: Armstrong is on the moon. 38-year-old American, standing on the surface of the moon. On this July 20, 1969.

Armstrong: That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for man kind.

Astronaut voice: That looks beautiful. It’s different, but it’s very pretty.

Astronauts talking.

Base: You’re cleared for take off.

Astronaut: We’re number one on the runway…7, 6, 5…very quiet ride.