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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 03:19 PM
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Fantastic Photos of our Solar System
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Out-of-Thi...


In the past decade, extraordinary space missions have discovered new features of the Sun, the planets and their moons

* By Laura Helmuth
* Smithsonian magazine, October 2009


Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Out-of-Thi...


We've been looking at other planets through telescopes for four centuries. But if you really want to get to know a place, there's no substitute for being there. And in the past decade, more than 20 spacecraft have ventured into the deepest reaches of our solar system. These probes, unlike the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories that merely orbit Earth, have actually traveled to other planets and approached the Sun, sending back pictures that humble or awe, even as they advance astronomers' understanding of our corner of the universe.

"The past decade has been spectacular in terms of achievements," says Sean Solomon, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and a leader of recent missions to Mercury and Mars.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Out-of-Thi...



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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 03:20 PM
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1. k&r
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 03:26 PM
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3. Swamp Rat!
I haven't seen you here in ages. It is good to see you again.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 05:04 PM
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11. The best pic of them all!
It's going around!!!
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 10:59 PM
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18. nice pic
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Va Lefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 03:24 PM
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2. Thanks for posting this!
Awesome pics!!
:hi:
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 03:40 PM
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4. I likey dis one:
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Aragorn Donating Member (784 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 03:42 PM
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5. thanks
great images at the links
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 03:46 PM
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6. Lovely. Thanks for posting.
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WeDidIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 03:48 PM
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7. This one is incredible
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 10:42 PM
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15. Childhood memory:
My dad was always an amateur astronomy buff (always had a telescope around, etc.) When I was a kid, we had an old black and white photo of Saturn framed and hung on our wall. It was sort of like this, but much grainer (it was from the early '60s or so):



I always assumed it was a picture of a HAT. What a dimwit I was! :rofl:
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 03:58 PM
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8. Fantastic link to amazing photos!
Thank you very much for posting this. It's a must see.

Biggest Kick And Rec!
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 04:11 PM
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9. the universe is so immense.
what do we really know about reality ?
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 05:05 PM
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12. What is realty?
And why do I own so little of it? ;-)
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 09:39 PM
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13. you may own more than you realize
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 09:40 PM
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14. lay claim to a neighboring galaxy!
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appamado amata padam Donating Member (301 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 04:59 PM
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10. Thx for the link!
Whenever I see pictures like that, I think of how we get so absorbed in our own little "worlds." We forget about the massive spectacle, which we are all part of, that extends for billions of miles around us in all directions. It gives me some comfort that whatever happens to me, or this country, or this planet, the brilliant coursing of the Universe will continue.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 10:47 PM
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16. wow- thanks so much for posting this
:hi:
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-21-09 10:52 PM
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17. Just wonderous !
Thanks
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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:38 AM
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19. Great Post.
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