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  1. The Archetype

    "Houston, We've Had a Problem"

    On April 11, 1970, the Apollo 13 mission to the moon was launched from Kennedy Space Center. The lunar landing mission was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days after launch, on April 13. The lunar mission was immediately transformed into a rescue mission, with NASA engineers struggling...
  2. Cosmos

    Organic Compounds on Mars

    For several years now, NASA's Curiocity Rover has been probing around looking for signs of life on Mars. While it still has not found any evidence of past or present life on Mars (that we know of), the big announcement that came from NASA was that organic compounds have been found that could...
  3. Cosmos

    Upside Down Snow Showers on Ganymede?

    When the topic of moons with possible subsurface oceans is brought up, Jupiter's moon, Europa, and Saturn's moon, Enceladus, are two that often come to mind. Recently, however, another of Jupiter's moons, Ganymede--the largest moon in the solar system and the only moon known to have a magnetic...
  4. The Archetype

    This Is What 47 Billion Light Years Looks Like

    Astronomers often use very large numbers, and it is often difficult to imagine, let alone visualize, what 47 billion light years might look like. In the year 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope focused in and looked at a rather boring and seemingly empty stretch of deep space for eleven days...