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Sky of Grand Central Terminal – It's Backwards
A splendid starry sky crowns the concourse of Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal. It's a 1940s reworking of the original that Paul César Helleu designed after consultation with a prominent astronomer. Yet a month after the station opened, a starwise commuter claimed that the sky was backwards.
(1) July 7, 2003: NASA's Opportunity rover was launched for Mars. She's still there and still active, though there have been signs that some of her systems may be running down. If so, it's still been an amazing journey. Remember she was only designed for a three-month mission.
(2) July 10, 1962: Telstar 1 was launched. You can read about “Telstar – Herald of the Modern Age” here: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art181153.asp
*Venus and Jupiter*
The two planets came to within a third of a degree of each other at the end of June. They're now moving apart, but are still a lovely sunset sight.
New Horizons suffered a glitch that put the craft into emergency mode and shut down science operations for a time. That has passed and all is now well again. The close fly-by of Pluto and its moons is now about a week away.
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