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June 15 2016 Astronomy Newsletter

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Enceladus – 10 Amazing Facts
Saturn's moon Enceladus is a strange one. There are eruptions of cold volcanoes. This adds “snow” to a surface so bright it reflects 99% of the Sun's light, and supplies particles to maintain one of Saturn's rings. And does the moon harbor life in the salty ocean that lies under the ice?

*Father's Day*
Happy Father's Day to those in countries where it's observed on Sunday, the 19th. Here's my cosmic tribute to my own father – sadly, long since departed – and to fathers everywhere.

Cosmic Father's Day
What sort of tie would you give a cosmic father? What would you feed him? Where might he find challenging mountaineering, make an astounding golf shot or get up an interstellar soccer game? How can you send a special man a genuinely galactic greeting? Here's how.

June 10, 2003: NASA's rover Spirit was launched. The mission was expected to last three Martian months, but lasted several years. In 2009 Spirit became trapped and was last heard from in March 2010. After a year of trying to contact the rover, on May 24, 2011 NASA formally ended Spirit's mission.
Good Bye Spirit:

June 16, 1963: Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova in Vostok 6 became the first woman in space. She's still the only woman to have flown a solo space mission.
Cosmonauts – Birth of the Space Age:

June 18, 1983: American astonaut Sally Ride was the first American woman in Space, almost exactly twenty years after Tereshkova's historic flight.

June 18, 1799: English astronomer William Lassell was born. Among his many discoveries was Neptune's largest moon Triton, which he found a few weeks after Galle discovered Neptune itself.
Triton – Captive Moon of Neptune:

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