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Launching Cosmos 1 on a Soviet ICBM

Louis D. Friedman • May 25, 2005

The biggest reason that NASA—as well as other western space agencies—has not attempted a solar sail flight is that the cost of launching even a small spacecraft is so high that they are unwilling to carry out a mission with very modest goals.

Martian Orbiter Takes Pictures of Neighboring Crafts Passing By

Amir Alexander • May 19, 2005

During April 2005, the Mars Global Surveyor happened to pass relatively close to Odyssey and Mars Express. What resulted were remarkably clear pictures of human-made spacecraft orbiting and alien world.

New Mosaics of Huygens' Titan Images

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2005

Although the two spacecraft traveled a billion kilometers together to study Titan, Cassini and Huygens are two very different types of missions.

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