On the heels of JPL’s MAVEN, India’s MOM is set to arrive on Mars.
After a 10-month trek, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is expected to reach Mars on at 7:41 a.m. India Standard Time on Wednesday, Sept. 24 (that’s 10:11 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 23) after a firing its engine for 24 minutes to enter orbit around the planet. Confirmation of the success (or failure) of this crucial maneuver should come to ground control minutes later, mission officials have said.
Here’s the link on Space.com.
Looks like Comet ISON (or a portion of it anyway) has survived the closest approach in its “sungrazing” orbit.
Dance of the Planets: An Evening Under the Stars
Saturday, June 1, 2013
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn, NY 11201
“Dance” under the stars and join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. It’s an outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and the twinkling canvas of the night sky, and a night to explore and discover the vast wonders of the cosmos. Bring your telescope if you have one, or use one of the dozens we’ll have on hand.
Enjoy conversations with leading astronomers and live music to celebrate the astronomical event “Dance of the Planets,” at this communal stargazing experience. The festivities will feature astronomy groups from around the Tri-State Area, family-friendly activities, twilight sailing of the Schooner Mystic Whaler, refreshments, local food trucks, and more.
Repost from: WorldScienceFestival.com.