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Today in History: Viking 2 Lands on Mars 

September 3rd, 1976 marks the day when Viking 2 landed on Mars; part of the American Viking Program to Mars, its mission was to search for evidence of life on the Red Planet. The lander operated on its surface for 1316 days and returned about 16,000 images to Earth. After its batteries failed on April …

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Archive Deep Dive: Yerkes – A Glimpse of the Stars 

Have you ever wondered what the Sun looks like when it’s viewed straight on? Well here it is: Image from PK: Sun photographed through 40-inch Yerkes telescope This picture from the early 1900s was made possible by a method of observing elements in the sun using spectrology. American astronomer (and University of Chicago …

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Today in History: Galileo Is Convicted of Heresy 

On April 12, 1633 Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilee (1564-1642) was convicted of heresy by the Roman Catholic Church for his belief that the Earth revolved around the Sun. While the Church maintained that the Earth was the center of the universe, the imprisoned "Father of Modern Science" held firmly onto his theories. He served a …

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Landing on Mars: A New Cafe Book Collection 

With the recent discovery of liquid water on Mars, comes the arrival of a new, thought-provoking, café book collection! Landing on Mars delves into amazing scientific, anthropological, and philosophical ideas concerning human travel to outer space and the sustainability of life on the Red Planet. Fast forward 10, 20, 30 years? Are you packing your bags, donning …

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Seeing Stars in NYC 

Walking around NYC in the winter months -- boots on, bundled up -- one wouldn't expect to ever look up what with all the black ice, snow piles, contents of tipped over trash cans, and dog poop to avoid. Every once in a while, while waiting for the white hand to tell me it’s alright …

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