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Today, in case anyone didn't know and wants an excuse to look at it, is the 40th anniversary of a remarkable first: three men in a metal box a long way from home saw Earthrise for the first time in human history. A couple of minutes later, they managed to find some colour film, and took a second picture: one of the most iconic images of our time.
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Today's real news: an article due to appear in this week's issue of Science will contain the first ever direct images of extra-solar planets.
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What with financial crises, USAnian elections, and other excitements, there hasn't been much comment on 2008 TC3. It's a small rock that was no danger to anyone, but it's nice to know that we are actually starting to be able to see these things before they hit us, even if we only spot them a few hours in advance and have no way of stopping them. At the very least, there'll be time for one hell of a party before the next KT-type impact :)
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Someone elsewhere pointed me at this page, which collects together photographs from the half-dozen assorted probes currently orbiting round/sitting on Mars. It's actually about a month old, but there are quite a few images I'd not seen before there.

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