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7:53am

Fri July 19, 2013
Science

Earth #Photobombed Saturn Last Time. Today, it's a #Selfie.

Earth-moon system as photographed by NASA spacecraft Cassini. "The Day Earth Smiled" was taken from approximately 900 million miles away on July 19, 2013.
Cassini space-probe / NASA

A billion miles from the Roaring Fork Valley, there’s a satellite orbiting Saturn. This afternoon, from that planet’s shadow, the NASA space probe will take a historic photograph of Earth.  It’s the first time people down here will know exactly when the earth is going to get its picture taken... and they can look up at the cosmos and smile. Ellis Robinson has the story.

  UPDATE (July 22, 9:01 AM): The Friday July 19, 2013 photograph of the earth and our moon, taken by Cassini, was released this past weekend.

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12:49am

Fri July 19, 2013
Security

NSA Lead Attorney Defends Phone Surveillance

Heavyweights in the security and intelligence world politely duked it out on stage yesterday. At the Aspen Institute’s annual security forum, the National Security Agency’s lead attorney defended a surveillance program. It one of those made public this summer by the now-famous former contractor Edward Snowden. On Thursday, longtime journalist and mediator Michael Isakoff got right to what has made it so controversial.

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12:01am

Fri July 19, 2013
Aspen Music Festival & School

Festival Notes - July 19th, 2013

Weekend No. 4 gets off to an energetic start this evening at 6 with Gil Shaham as soloist in Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.  On Sunday afternoon at 4, cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto, music that has been famously linked to one of its legendary interpreters, the late Jacqueline du Pré.

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6:22pm

Thu July 18, 2013
2013 Aspen Security Forum

Aspen Security Forum - Doing More with Less

Doing More with Less—Simply an Oxymoron or Also an Imperative: Refashioning Today's Pentagon to Fight the Wars of the Future

The leaders of the Pentagon today cannot afford to be merely expert military strategists and prescient forecasters of future security threats. In this age of austerity, they must also be skilled at stretching every dollar to the maximum to ensure that America remains the preeminent world power. The Department of Defense's “COO” will discuss the challenge of maintaining America's place in an ever more complicated world, while dealing with an unprecedented budget crisis.

Dr. Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense

MODERATOR: David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

4:33pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Pitkin County Library

Pitkin County Library gets green light for design phase

Jeremy Rosenshine browses the non-fiction collection at the Pitkin County Library. One of the improvements the library hopes to make with its new design plan is shorter shelves for easier access.
Credit Rebecca Kruth

On Tuesday, the Pitkin County Library got the go-ahead from county commissioners to begin gathering bids for a new design plan. Last November, voters struck down two ballot measures that would have raised taxes for library improvements. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth visited the Pitkin County Library to look at the new plans.

Inside the meeting room at the Pitkin County Library, more than a hundred children are waiting for “Tunes and Tales.” It’s one of the library’s storytelling events.

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