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What's Up for January 2014

December 30, 2013
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Music. Jane Houston Jones: What's Up for January. Jupiter at opposition. Venus at conjunction. A Juno mission update. And the Quadrantid meteor shower. Hello and welcome. I'm Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Manned Mission to Mars? Hedgehogs May Go First

Manned Mission to Mars? Hedgehogs May Go First

Reuters (Feb. 27, 2013) — American entrepreneur, Dennis Tito, says he wants to launch a manned mission to Mars in January 2018, but researchers at NASA and Stanford University argue that it may be better to visit the mysterious Martian moon, Phobos first. They're developing a team of robots they call "hedgehogs" to explore Phobos in the belief that a trip to the Martian moon will make a subsequent mission to Mars safer and more productive.
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First Meteor Shower of the Year to Be Outshined By Moon

First Meteor Shower of the Year to Be Outshined By Moon

Newsy (Jan. 2, 2013) — The Quadrantids are a brief but powerful meteor shower that occur in early January. This year they will have to compete with a bright moon.
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This Week @ NASA, January 11, 2013

This Week @ NASA, January 11, 2013

NASA (Jan. 11, 2013) — Officials from NASA and the Commercial Crew Program partners discuss the program's progress; Feb. 11 is the scheduled launch date for the Landsat mission from California; and more news from the week of January 11, 2013 at NASA.
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This Week @ NASA, January 4, 2013

This Week @ NASA, January 4, 2013

NASA (Jan. 4, 2013) — The core stage of NASA's Space Launch System successfully completes a major technical review and more news at NASA for the week of January 4, 2013.
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