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51. What's up in the solar system for the week of May 12

(Web Page; Fri May 18 14:31:00 CDT 2018)

It's time to check in on what's going on with our trusty robots around the solar system. At Saturn, Cassini just completed its 44th targeted flyby of Titan, which (for historical reasons) is called "T43." This flyby included RADAR imagin...

Description: It's time to check in on what's going on with our trusty robots around the solar system.

52. Chang'E 2 launches to the Moon

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 01:34:00 CDT 2012)

Congratulations to China! Chang'E 2 successfully lifted off at 10:59:57 UTC today, October 1, 2010 aboard a Long March 3C rocket. Unlike its predecessor, Chang'E 2 rocketed directly to a lunar transfer orbit and will arrive at the Moon...

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53. The Chang'e 3 lunar lander and rover, expected to launch late this year

(Web Page; Mon May 28 13:57:00 CDT 2018)

One of the missions planned for launch this year is China's Chang'E 3. I had never paid any attention to Chang'E 3 until this week, so I had no idea how large or ambitious it is. Chang'E 3 is a 1200-kilogram, RTG-powered lunar soft lande...

Description: All of the information I could track down on China's planned Chang'e 3 lunar lander and rover, including videos and a brand-new artist's concept of the rover rolling across the Moon.

54. What's up in the solar system for the week of August 25

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

Well, we had a lovely family vacation at the beach and I managed to keep from doing any work. The same can't be said for my computer: I gave it plenty of work to do, downloading the complete set of Venus Express camera data, which was j...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of August 25

55. Chang'e 3 update: 6 instruments active, new fan-produced landing video

(Web Page; Fri May 18 14:31:00 CDT 2018)

Today there was a lengthy press briefing by several members of the Chang'e 3 science team. A complete transcript was posted in Chinese here. I have run it through two machine translators (Google and a Chinese one, fanyi.baidu.com) and f...

Description: Today there was a lengthy press briefing by several members of the Chang'e 3 science team. A complete transcript was posted in Chinese. I have run it through two machine translators and found it to be quite informative, not just about the mission but also about attitudes about Chinese space exploration and foreign cooperation. I also have a cool fan-produced video to share.

56. China's lunar sample return mission will pave way for future ambitions

(Web Page; Fri May 18 14:31:00 CDT 2018)

China will launch one of its most complex and exciting missions so far later this year, when Chang'e-5 attempts to land on and collect samples from the Moon before delivering them to Earth—the first such mission by any country for ...

Description: Later this year, China is launching the Change'5 spacecraft to return a sample from the Moon. The mission will pave the way for future ambitions, including crewed trips to the lunar surface.

57. A closer look at China's audacious Mars sample return plans

(Web Page; Tue Dec 19 13:16:00 CST 2017)

China is making steady progress on a proposed mission to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth in the late 2020s. The project would be a massive undertaking. But the plans appear serious, and if successful, the mission could result in maj...

Description: China is making steady progress on a proposed mission to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth in the late 2020s.

58. What's up in the solar system for the week of September 8

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

I'm sorry I skipped this roundup last week -- both for you readers and for me; now I have two weeks' worth of events to catch up on! Fortunately this appears to be a quiet week for space exploration.The big news, last week, of course, w...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of September 8

59. Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: The talks

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:00:00 CDT 2012)

Yesterday Samuel Schon sent me his extensive notes from the two-day Microsymposium held last weekend, before the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference started, on the topic of volcanism on the Moon and Mercury. Sam is a third-year grad...

Description: Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: The talks

60. New Kaguya images

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:10:00 CDT 2012)

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday week, JAXA issued a press release with images from another of Kaguya's many cameras, the Terrain Camera. It's a nice image at really high resolution; the enlarged version is 20 meters per pixel. (Th...

Description: New Kaguya images

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