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Nov 10

NASA EPOXI Flyby Reveals New Insights Into Comet Features

Source: NASA/JPL News


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMD

NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft successfully flew past comet Hartley 2 at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) Thursday, Nov. 4. Scientists say initial images from the flyby provide new information about the comet's volume and material spewing from its surface.(read more)

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9
Nov 10

Carl Sagan's day

Today is Carl Sagan Day — a chance to remember the legacy of one of the greatest science promoters ever.

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, author, cosmologist, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. During his lifetime, he published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books. In his works, he advocated skeptical inquiry and the scientific method. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

Sagan became world-famous for his popular science books and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote. A book to accompany the program was also published.The series Cosmos became an inspiration for many children and young people that later on became astronomers.

Sagan also wrote the novel Contact, the basis for the 1997 film of the same name.

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