Space

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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10:57am

Fri June 28, 2013
Science

Staring at the Sun, Looking for Answers and Awe

Image of 2008 eclipse showing the solar corona. Red and green lines show ionized iron being emitted into the solar atmosphere.
Credit NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center - flickr

The Aspen Ideas Fest kicked off its second day of heady talks and colloquia on Thursday. Attendees and speakers from all over gathered to discuss the most pressing issues of culture, media, and foreign policy facing us here on earth. But others were turning their backs, literally, on our planet to get a different viewpoint. Science reporter Ellis Robinson explains.

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