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The Ultimate Road Trip
July 9, 2010 - Imagine that you are planning a family road trip cross-country. Now, think about what you would want to do and see on that trip using all your existing resources in the best way. There are many factors that go in to planning such a trip: For starters, you'll need to determine what the end destination point will be and what you plan to do there. Once this has been decided, where will you stop along the way and for how long?
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Comet McNaught


Meet Comet McNaught (C/2009 R1)

May 19, 2010 - A fresh comet is swinging through the inner solar system, and it is brightening rapidly as it approaches Earth for a 100 million mile close encounter in mid-June. Comet McNaught (C/2009 R1) has a vivid green head and a long wispy tail that look great through small telescopes.
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Educator speaking with children at JPL Open House

2010 JPL Open House
May 17, 2010 - Nearly 40,000 people attended the 2010 JPL Open House event, themed "Worlds Beyond," which featured displays and demonstrations from numerous space missions, and a first look at JPL's recently renovated von Karman Visitor Center.

On special display was the JPL-built Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, retrieved from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope last year by space-walking astronauts.
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Comet McNaught from NASA's STEREO satellite

Ulysses Spacecraft Data Reveal a Comet Biggie
April 13, 2010 - Using data from the completed ESA/NASA Ulysses mission, scientists have identified a new candidate for biggest comet. Results of these findings were presented today at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting in Glasgow by Ulysses science team member Geriant Jones of University College, London.
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Image taken April 10, 2010 by the NASA-ESA SOHO sun observatory, shows a newfound comet just before it is annihilated by the sun

Sungrazing Comet
April 10, 2010 - The destruction of a comet as it approached the sun was caught on camera Saturday by a long-lived space observatory. The comet, a stranger to astronomers, is now doomed to anonymous obscurity.
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Red/green stereo anaglyph of Comet Wild 2

Encountering A Comet
March 17, 2010 - The year began with Stardust-NExT spacecraft flying by Earth in a maneuver called a "gravity assist." On January 15, the spacecraft came within 9,200 km (5,700 miles) of California as it flew by. Many interplanetary missions use an Earth gravity assist, or EGA, to change their orbit by using the Earth's gravity to accelerate the spacecraft. Our January flyby was designed to set Stardust-NExT on course to a Tempel-1 encounter in February 2011.
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