It’s time for Stellar Headlines. Let’s
look back at some of the biggest space related stories in the news. First off
big news from NASA, in mid-November NASA launched the MSL, the Mars Science
Laboratory. This one-ton robot is on its way to the Red Planet. It’s expected to
land in August of 2012 and will begin to Rove the Martian surface examining soil
samples. This will be a test to see if Mars was ever capable of holding life.
Based on the success of this mission, NASA will begin plans to create a probe
to look for intelligent life. The first proposed destination for the new probe,
Washington DC. The Voyager has left the building, that’s right Voyager 1 has
become the first human-made object to leave the solar system. It’s currently
about 10 billion miles away and still is communicating with us, which is
remarkable considering that it was launched in 1977. NASA also reports that
the 8-track of Elton John’s Rocket Man is still playing just fine. Lastly huge
news from far away, kepler-22b has been confirmed to be an earth-like planet.
This newly discovered planet is 600 light-years away, about 2.5 times larger
than Earth and orbits a star similar to our own Sun. In related news,
representatives at Starbucks are excited to unveil their new drink, the kepler
chino, which will debut at the first location on the new planet opening this
holiday season. Happy holidays and happy New Year. We’ll see you next time for
more Stellar Headlines.