How Are You Celebrating the Year of the Solar System?

There are a lot of solar system space missions coming up, plus – as always – a plethora of astronomical events taking place, so NASA has decided to declare the “Year of the Solar System” (YSS). But this year is so big, it won’t fit into an Earth year — however, a Martian year just about covers it, so from now until August, 2012 we’re celebrating.

“During YSS, we’ll see triple the usual number of launches, flybys and orbital insertions,” said Jim Green, the director of Planetary Science at NASA headquarters. “There hasn’t been anything quite like it in the history of the Space Age. History will remember the period Oct. 2010 through Aug. 2012 as a golden age of planetary exploration.” (…) Read the rest of How Are You Celebrating the Year of the Solar System? (529 words)

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