Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Eight? (day 2)

Hey Space Bloggers. Here’s your Day 2 limmer-iddle!

I’m draped in a rust colored wrap

topped off by an icy, white cap.

I’ve a few zillion dunes,

two potato shaped moons,

and a rover asleep in my lap!

Would you like to see that cap? Take a look at D8’s north pole.

Credit: MOLA Team, MGS Project, NASA Image: Greg Shirah (SVS)

That’s all for now, Space Bloggers. Let me know when you’ve spotted those funny shaped moons – do they have names??? And report back next post day for another clue to the whereabouts of the mysterious and dusty (that’s another hint) Destination Eight.

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Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Eight? (day 1)

Hey Space Bloggers, Space Game is back!

Hold on to your mouse pads cuz in about 3 seconds we’re taking off for …two…one… Destination Eight!

That was easy – gotta love that virtual transport. Now, give me just a sec, I’m searching the view finder and…nice!

Credit: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA

What do you think those black things are? Could they be alive??? If they are, I’m staying out of their way – they’re each about as big as a football field!

Puzzle over that for a while, Space Bloggers, and be sure to check back next week for the day two limmer-iddle. This place is full of surprises!

Newcomers, to join the crew and help locate Destination Eight, stop by Space Game Rules!

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Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Seven? And the location is…

Congratulations Bird of the Wind and Archimedes for figuring out that the multinational wonder with the out-of-this-world view is . . .

ISS!

Is? Is what?

I told you, ISS.

I don’t understand why you can’t answer a simple question. What is the name of Destination Seven?

Not ‘what’ — ISS.

Huh? What are you talking about???

I’m talking about Destination Seven, the International Space Station.

Ahh, now I get it! I-S-S, ISS.

 

Like I said! And if you look right now you can say goodbye to Earth’s largest artificial satellite.

Largest? You mean there are more?

 

 

Credit: NASA

 

 

Oh yes, thousands.

THOUSANDS!

But ISS is by far the biggest.

Look…

 

Credit: NASA

 

 

 

You mean ISS is as big as a flying football field???  Up there, in the sky? Going around the world?

Yup. And it’s not even Earth’s biggest satellite.

But you just said…

Composite Image Credit: T.A. Rector, I.P. Dell'Antonio, NOAO, AURA, NSF

 

 

 

I said, ISS was the largest artificial satellite.

You mean there are UN-artificial satellites??

Only one, but it’s a GIANT.

Oh, you mean…

That’s right.

 

Credit: NASA

 

 

 

Guess what. We’re back! Wanna drop by the flight control center in Houston?

Can we?

Not only that, we can listen in on a live update from ISS!

 

 

That’s all for now Space Bloggers.  Hope you enjoyed our trip to ISS.  Next time we launch to a new Space Game destination!

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Special Edition: Welcome Home Endeavour!

The noble ship Endeavour first launched from planet Earth on May 7, 1992.

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

 

On that first mission, three intrepid astronauts stepped out into space and caught a 4.5 ton satellite that had fallen out of its proper orbit.

 

 

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The astronauts replaced the satellite’s motor and sent it rocketing back to the correct orbit, where it relays thousands of telephone calls  and 3 television stations.

 

 

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Twenty-five flights later, Endeavour docked with the International Space Station for the last time.

 

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It delivered an exciting new scientific instrument called the AMS, aka the ‘Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer’.  Sponsored by the US Department of Energy, 16 nations worked together to build and now operate the AMS which will help us understand really cool stuff like anti-matter, dark matter, and cosmic rays.

Credit: NASA

 

 

After completing its 16 day mission, Endeavour said good bye to the Space Station and took this parting photograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before sunrise yesterday morning, June1, 2011, Endeavor touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

So long, Endeavour.  Glad we knew you.  Don’t worry.  Lots of us will visit you in your new home at the California Science Center.

Space Bloggers, don’t you worry either. Space Game will continue next Tuesday when we will finally answer the question:  Where in the Solar System is Destination Seven???

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Special Birthday Edition!

A cosmic SpaceBlog congratulations to . . .

Aidoboy!

I’ve been doing some checking and it seems your birth created quite a stir. Maybe even a sun sized tsunami! Just look at the Astronomy Picture of the Day on June 1st 1998.

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap980601.html

Way to go Aidoboy! Keep on making waves and have an absolutely stellar day!

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Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Seven? (day 3)

Hey Space Bloggers!

I like this destination. It’s the first time we’ve been invited inside.  And what a view!

Credit: Expedition 24 Crew, NASA

Not to give away our location, but that sure is a beautiful planet down there. And from up here on Destination Seven we get to see the whole thing.  In fact, we circle the planet once every 90 minutes.  So just sit back and enjoy the view.

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Wow. I’m pretty sure you all know where we are now, right? Sort of makes you proud, doesn’t it. The funny thing is, even though we just circled the entire planet, I never saw a border. Not a single one.

Even if you know WHERE Destination Seven is, Space Bloggers, do you know WHAT it is? You have two days to send in your thoughts.  I’d love to hear what you think of those photos. And what happened to all the borders???

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Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Seven? (day 2)

Here’s your limmer-iddle!

They say I resemble a tree.

I’m made by committee, you see.

There’s ESA and NASA,

ROSCOSMOS and JAXA . . .*

A whole Earth creation, that’s ME!

Credit: NASA

*Apologies to the Canadians. CSA is also a partner agency in the Destination Seven space venture.  And many more nations participate in various science and research projects.

See you next Tuesday for day 3.  But don’t wait to send in your questions, comments or guesses. They’re welcome anytime!

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Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Seven? (day 1)

Ready Space Bloggers? Hope so, cuz…3…2…1…We have liftoff!

…1…2…3…lookin’ good…a little to the right…eeeasy…snap.

Whew, that was close. Oh look! There’s someone waiting outside to welcome us! Sure hope he hasn’t been hanging around too long!

Credit: NASA

He seems to be inviting us in. Shall we? No, after you…

Credit: NASA

Hey guys, take a look at this laboratory. How would you like to have science class in there!

Credit: NASA

There you have it space bloggers, three picture clues! Any comments, questions, or guesses? If so, just leave a comment below and I’ll get right back to you.

And be sure to check back Thursday for your day 2 limmer-iddle!

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Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Six? And the Location is…

Congratulations Gulfstream, and all you Space Bloggers who figured out that the old, dried up, pock marked place in space, home to the brilliant Aristarchus (crater, not man), with big rockstiny glass beads, a white crust, and a dark side, is actually that good natured, friendly face in the night sky, our very own and only natural satellite…

Earth’s Moon!

Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Garvin (NASA/GSFC)

Isn’t that the coolest picture ever??? Humans walking on the moon. Driving even! Just think, for all of human history people have looked up at the moon and wondered what it was like. That’s all they could do for 1.8 Million Years.

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

Then just 42 years ago, an eye-blink in history, humans managed to build a rocket big enough to blast off the Earth, navigate 98,000 miles through dark, frigid, airless space, land their spindly legged craft softly on the moon’s alien face, and look back at…


Credit: NASA

On second thought, this is the coolest picture ever.

See you all next Tuesday for another Space Game mystery adventure to. . . ?

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Space Game! Where in the Solar System is Destination Six? Special Aristarchus Edition!

Hey Space Bloggers!

Gulfstream wrote in the other day and made a brilliant point about Aristarchus.  She said that both Aristarchus the crater on Destination Six and Aristarchus the Greek mathematician/astronomer were, well brilliant.  See the resemblance?

Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Garvin (NASA/GSFC) ……………………… ( circa 310 to 230 BC)

You see, Aristarchus was the first person we know of to realize that the planets orbit the sun, not the Earth. He figured that out by watching the sun, moon, and planets move through the sky and then applying a little logic and geometry. It seems obvious now, but for another 1800 years most people still agreed with Aristotle that the Earth was the center of the solar system! I know…it’s crazy!

Aristarchus also figured out that the sun is much bigger than the moon, even though they look about the same size from Earth.

So Gulfstream was right. Aristarchus was quite a bright bulb in his day, even if he did dress really weirdly!


Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Garvin (NASA/GSFC

Aristarchus, on the other hand, is brillant because its young – only about 450 million years old, which is just a kid in crater years. Solar winds haven’t had time to cover up the bright, scooped out surface.

It’s also huge! Almost three times deeper than the Grand Canyon.  In fact, Aristarchus is so big and bright (like the stars at night) you can see it from Texas!

 

Thanks for the great comment, Gulfstream! (She also gave a pretty big hint about the location of Destination Six, if anybody’s still wondering.)  And thanks for letting us know about The Houston Astronomical Society.  I see from their website they have regular star parties at a ‘dark site’.  Ooooo, spooky! I’m pretty sure those parties are real, not virtual!

I’m also pretty sure there are more bright bulbs out there, so I’m hoping we’ll hear from a modern day Aristarchus, soon. I must have left out something important that he can fill us in on!

See you Thursday, Space Bloggers. Newcomers, be sure to check out Space Game Rules!

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