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Neptune and Triton, via Voyager 2
Blogs | This Date in Science | Aug 25, 2014

Back to the future with Neptune’s fascinating moon Triton

On the anniversary of Voyager 2′s encounter with Neptune and Triton … an awesome collection of restored Voyager 2 images, plus the link between Triton and Pluto.

Young moon of March 31, 2014 by Ken Christison.
Blogs | Tonight | Aug 25, 2014

Longest lunar month of 2014 starts on August 25

The longest lunar month of 2014 starts with the August 25 new moon and ends September 24. All you need to know about the varying lengths of the lunar months, here.

Earth from moon August 23, 1966 via Lunar Orbiter 1
Blogs | This Date in Science | Aug 23, 2014

This date in science: First view of Earth from the moon

The first view of Earth from the moon was a stunner when NASA released it in 1966. Later, NASA restored the photo to reveal even more detail.

Photo credit: Markus Grossalber/Flickr
Science Wire | Aug 22, 2014

Your toothpaste’s fluorine was formed in a star

Next time you’re brushing you teeth, think on this: New research suggests that the fluorine in your toothpaste originates from the sun’s dead ancestors.

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Science Wire | Aug 22, 2014

New Voyager map reveals Neptune’s strange moon Triton

New map from a 1989 spacecraft flyby gives us a glimpse of an unseen world.

Neptune's rings via Voyager 2.
Blogs | This Date in Science | Aug 22, 2014

This date in science: Definitive discovery of Neptune’s rings

A few days before the NASA spacecraft Voyager 2 skimmed by Neptune in 1989, it acquired images of a faint, continuous ring system encircling the planet.

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Science Wire | Aug 20, 2014

Wow! Spectacular landscape of star formation

New image of star-forming regions in southern Milky Way. Star cluster NGC 3603 is 20,000 light-years away. Glowing gas clouds NGC 3576 is about half as far.

View larger. | A routine wheel survey on sol 631 found the right rear wheel perched atop a spike-shaped rock firmly embedded in the ground.
Science Wire | Aug 19, 2014

Curiosity rover is having wheel problems

Mission planners didn’t anticipate that Curiosity would be driving over an area on Mars that has sharp, pyramid-shaped rocks embedded in hard ground.

M82 X-1
Science Wire | Aug 19, 2014

Strange case of M82 X-1: A rare midsize black hole

A black hole candidate known as M82 X-1 appears to have a mass of about 400 suns, making it one of only half a dozen suspected midsize black holes.

Curiosity self-portrait Feb. 3, 2013 via NASA
Science Wire | Aug 18, 2014

Video: Our Curiosity

A video love letter to the Curiosity rover on Mars, narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Felicia Day.