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October 20, 2013: Paddling and Kite Surfing East Africa, Reenacting Civil War Battles and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson as we paddle board and kite surf in East Africa before meeting disaster, reenact the Civil War’s second bloodiest battle, motorcycle through the Middle East while searching for enlightenment, and combine rock & roll with genetics while trying to save humanity from infectious disease.

Jupiter News Flash: Pictures of “Nothing” Reveal Size of Recent Impact

It’s been tough times for Jupiter: The gas giant planet lost a belt in May, and, thanks to the diligence of amateur astronomers, we know that it has been struck by space objects at least three times in the course of a year. Australian amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley recorded the first impact in July 2009.…

Astronaut Idol: NASA Calls for Space Shuttle Wakeup Songs

Since the heady days of the Apollo program, NASA has asked friends and family of astronauts to select “wakeup music” for slumbering spacefarers. Astronaut Gregory C. Johnson rests in his sleeping bag on the space shuttle Atlantis in May 2009. —Picture courtesy NASA After all, sunrises are a dime a dozen in low-Earth orbit, and…

PLANETS Rock?

Hot on the heels of The Planets in HD, I see the folks at SEED magazine have a nifty interview with One Ring Zero about their new album, PLANETS, an astronomy-themed rock symphony. We’re still a few years out from the hundredth anniversary of Gustav Holst’s astrology ode, written between 1914 and 1916. But the…

Comets “Melted” Jupiter’s Biggest Moon

If Earth’s moon is made of green cheese, Jupiter‘s biggest moon is made of refrozen ice cream. False-color view of Ganymede — mmmmm, planetary Drumstick! —Image courtesy NASA/JPL/DLR According to a new study in Nature Geoscience, the Jovian moon Ganymede used to be similar in structure to its neighbor Callisto. But then, about 3.8 billion…

Biggest Full Moon Photos

As luck would have it, the weather just did not feel like playing nice with me today. I was super excited to see the rain clear up over Washington, D.C., this morning, and I got a couple nice peeks of tonight’s biggest full moon of the year as I was walking home. By the time…

Next Mars Rover Held Up Until 2011

The fevered race to pick a landing site and a new name for the Mars Science Lab seems to have come to a screeching halt today, as NASA announced that the mission will have to wait until fall 2011 to launch. —Image courtesy NASA/JPL Citing technical issues and a too-tight testing schedule, NASA officials told…