NASA’s Dawn Probe Photographs Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is sending back incredible close-ups of the dwarf planet Ceres.

The spacecraft has been circling Ceres since 2015, and in June, it reached its lowest orbit yet, skimming the surface from just 22 miles (35 kilometers) up.

The latest pictures offer unprecedented views of a huge impact crater known for its bright salty deposits, and landslides are clearly visible on the rim.

Source: NASA’s Dawn probe send back stunning new image of surface of Ceres

Voyager Spacecraft 8-track Drive and other instruments 40+ Years still operational

The functioning instruments aboard the Voyager spacecraft still going strong.
Although technology on Earth has advanced dramatically since the Voyagers were launched, the two spacecraft are frozen, technologically speaking: They were sent on their missions with the best equipment available at the time (including an 8-track tape recorder for data storage, believe it or not) and they have stood the test of time. While time moves forward here on Earth, aboard the Voyager spacecraft it is always 1977.

Source: Forty years and still going strong

2018 Strawberry Moon Pictures and Video

The 2018 Strawberry Moon was particularly exciting, as it arrived during Saturn’s annual “opposition”—the day Earth passes between the Sun and the ringed planet.

Thought to have formed some 4.51 billion years ago from debris left over after an impact between Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia, the Moon is the second-brightest regularly visible celestial object—after the sun.

While the Moon itself does not radiate light, its dark surface reflects the sun’s rays at various times of day, making it a convenient timepiece; some of the earliest calendars were based on the Moon’s periods of waxing and waning.
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