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Launching Cosmos 1 on a Soviet ICBM

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2005/05/25 12:00 CDT

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.

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Martian Orbiter Takes Pictures of Neighboring Crafts Passing By

Posted by Amir Alexander on 2005/05/19 07:20 CDT

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.

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New Mosaics of Huygens' Titan Images

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2005/05/05 11:00 CDT

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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