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Night Vision May 21 & May 23: Robotic Explorers

May 18th, 2015

Curiosity Self-portrait, January 2015. NASA

Curiosity Self-portrait, January 2015. NASA

Not at all space explorers are human.

No, we’re not talking about aliens from other worlds. Today, much of the most exciting and ground-breaking exploration of our solar system is done by robot space probes. Over the past decade, huge discoveries have been made by these artificial astronauts.If you think the exciting days of space exploration are behind us just take a look at what’s currently going on and what’ s being prepped for the future. I think you’ll be surprised.

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Celestial Plushies: You Choose & Win!

May 1st, 2015

We’re thinking about adding some of these little guys to the plushies rack at Planet Fun, but we want to know what you think! You can help us out by telling us your three favorite plushies from these photos by voting for your favorite. And when you vote, you just might win one of your faves to take home!

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Night Vision, April 30: Mercury and the End of the MESSENGER Mission

April 28th, 2015

On April 30, NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will impact the surface of the planet Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. After more than four years of studying this planet from orbit, the MESSENGER spacecraft is out of propellant and can no longer keep itself in orbit. It is therefore fitting that the topic of Clark Planetarium’s Night Vision on April 30 will be the planet Mercury and discoveries made during the highly successful MESSENGER mission.

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