Hey SPace Placers!
I have ben hanging on to this story - I have a backlog of several others - so that I could share it with you. Curiosity has been stealing all of the headlines lately but I have updates on MESSENGER at Mercury, DAWN at Vesta, Voyager 1 at the solar system boundary to pass along in the near future.
With over 60+ wildfires burning in the west, 60% of the U.S. in drought conditions, and summer temps at record highs in many areas, here is a story you will want to read: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/03aug_summer2012/
Global warming is a fact but is it behind this summer's heat wave? Bottom line is that we do not know and only time and more data will tell.
Sky Guy in VA