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Arms of Orion

NASA is going back to the lunar surface in 2024; by the end of the decade they plan to start a permanent base camp.  From there, it’s just an orbital swing to Mars and beyond.  But why did NASA name the mission after a love story from Greek mythology?   What’s in a Name? NASA has a long history of naming stars, planets, and space missions or craft after gods […]

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Earliest Known Star Map Discovered in Egypt

Researchers announced yesterday they've found the world’s oldest known map of the stars.  Dating from the 2nd century BC , the map is attributed to the Greek astronomer and mathematician, Hipparcus.  Amazingly, it was found hidden behind overlaid ink within later medieval texts found in Egypt. Papyrus and other writing surfaces were valuable and often “recycled" in ancient times, with scribes writing over old text.  Today's advanced imaging techniques can […]

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