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By Susie Murph on May 10, 2016 in

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Zain Husain at the blog. Check out this week’s sampling of space-related stories from our colleagues and friends! Click here to read Carnival of Space #456. And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space, thanks to our […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on November 8, 2014 in

Vesta is, in so many ways, the weirdest world that you are mapping here on CosmoQuest. It’s small enough to be non-spherical and is covered in the scars of its many impacts. The largest impact basins on its southern pole are records of some of the most defining moments in Vesta’s history. They are even […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on September 5, 2014 in

The OSIRIS-Rex mission is launching to asteroid Bennu in 2016, and you can virtually go along! The team is sending a time capsule full of images and statements about our exploration of the Solar System to be opened when the spacecraft resumes with a piece of Bennu in 2023. You can join the time capsule […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on July 23, 2014 in

The Dawn spacecraft has given us stunning images of Vesta to work through on the Asteroid Mappers project. It’s also given some key data about the interior and history of this huge asteroid. Vesta is the second largest asteroid in the Solar System, meaning that it is very much like the planetesimals, or embryos that […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on June 16, 2014 in

This week, we’re doing a teacher professional development workshop with 20 Illinois teachers and covering In-Vesta-Gate, our unit on small bodies in the Solar System. In preparation, I’ve been refreshing my knowledge of Vesta, asteroids, and all the lovely tiny bits that make our Solar System such an interesting place to live. First off, I […]