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National Poetry Writing Month 2014/15

Updated with new poems from 2015 4104 (for MESSENGER) – April 30, 2015 I don’t know my last orbit’s number But when I trace that final curve I hope I’m like you: Careening headlong into fresh frontiers Radiating A head

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Maelstrom’s Edge!

Cassini has given us this new close-up of the outer edge of the bizarre and beautiful hexagon-shaped jet stream system at Saturn’s north pole, along with many smaller storms. Maybe ‘small’ isn’t quite the right the word. For a sense

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Dancing With Saturn

As I type this, the robotic spacecraft Cassini is traveling at 2.4 kilometers per second (about 5,300 MPH) relative to the planet Saturn. On April 9th, when Cassini makes its closest approach to the planet during this current orbit, the

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Moonwalking

Harrison “Jack” Schmitt was the last person to step down onto the Moon. He was also the only professional geologist to work on the lunar surface, which he did during the Apollo 17 expedition to the Taurus-Littrow Valley. The Moon’s

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A Spin Through the Inner Solar System

More than 50 years of planetary exploration have yielded a rich harvest of data, including many volumes of pictures. These images have revealed the faces of nearly all the nearby worlds, which have turned out to be both forboding and

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