Wednesday, March 6, 2013


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Though February is the shortest month of the year, it wasn't short on discoveries and events. The Universe Team invites you to take a look back with us.

1. LANDSAT 8 LAUNCH - Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft launched February 11th. Read more: (Image credit: NASA/VAFB)

2. ISS BLACKOUT - The day before a planned Google+ Hangout, NASA completely lost contact with the International Space Station. Read more: (Image credit: NASA)

3. SMARTPHONE LAUNCHED INTO SPACE - British spacecraft STRaND-1 carried a Google Nexus One smartphone into space. Read more: (Image credit: Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.)

4. INDIA'S 101ST SPACE MISSION - India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle carried the Indo-French oceanographic study satellite 'SARAL' from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Read more: (Image credit: Associated Press)

5. PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR MANNED MARS FLYBY - Dennis Tito's nonprofit Inspiration Mars Foundation announces plans to send a manned mission to do a flyby of Mars by January 2018. Read more: (Image credit : Inspiration Mars Foundation)

6. CURIOSITY DRILLS FIRST ROCK SAMPLE - The Mars rover sent back images confirming that it had drilled the first ever rock sample taken from the interior of another planet. Read more: (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

7. ASTRONOMY SOFTWARE HELPS FIGHT CANCER - Software originally developed for spotting exoplanets found a new use in tumor analysis. Read more: (Image credit:

8. R.I.P. DAVID MCKAY, MARS PROGRAM FOUNDER - Dr. David McKay, astrobiologist, passed away at the age of 77 on February 20th. His research was instrumental in initiating the Mars Exploration Program as well as the foundation of the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Read more: (Image credit:

9. BAUMGARTNER RECORD CONFIRMED - The World Air Sports Federation confirmed that Felix Baumgartner's 38.969.4 meter jump did, in fact, break three records. Read more: (Image credit: Red Bull Stratos)

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