NASA’s Lunar Prospector spacecraft launch from Cape Canaveral Air Station on January 6, 2008. Lunar Prospector was a spin-stabilized spacecraft designed to provide the first global maps of the Moon’s surface and its gravitational magnetic fields, as well as look for ice near the lunar poles.

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Hino Rei, Minako, Jupiter, Mizuno
Juban District, the Dark Kingdom, Beryl is the foe
Meet Usagi, form a team, Tuxedo Mask is a dream
North Pole fight, lunar light, love begins to show
Aliens, big tree, sucking up our energy
Wiseman, a future child and the the year 3000′s wild
Outer Senshi, Holy Grail, friend Hotaru’s kind of frail
Death Busters, Witches Five, Messiah goodbye…

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Our solar system is huge, so let us break it down for you. Here are five things you need to know this week:

1. The Lure of the Rings

Scientists and stargazers alike can’t resist the call of Saturn’s rings, or of its moon Titan. Both have been under close scrutiny by the Cassini spacecraft lately, and there are striking new pictures to prove it. Check out the latest images HERE.

2. A New Moon Rises

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured dramatic landscapes on the moon for more than six years. “A New Moon Rises,” now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, showcases those images ranging from Apollo landing sites to mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles. See an online version of the exhibit HERE.  

3. Around the (Giant) World in (Just Under) 88 Days

The Juno mission is closing in on Jupiter. On July 4, the spacecraft enters orbit around the king of planets. Learn more about Juno HERE.

4. Spiders and Volcanoes and Glaciers, Oh My

The more data that New Horizons spacecraft sends down about Pluto and its moons, the more there is to fascinate explorers, from spider-shaped canyons to signs of glacial flow. Take a peek at the new finds on Pluto HERE.

5. World of Wonders

Hexagonal craters, mysterious mountains, eye-catching bright patches — the dwarf planet Ceres is proving to be an intriguing place. The Dawn mission is looking for clues to how it works. See the latest from Ceres HERE.

Want to learn more? Read our full list of the 10 things to know this week about the solar system HERE.

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