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71. What's up in the solar system for the week of December 8: Getting ready for AGU

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

It's been a month since I checked in with our active planetary spacecraft; let's go again from the innermost to the outermost reaches of the solar system and see what's going on. One of the most important meetings for planetary scientis...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of December 8: Getting ready for AGU

72. What's up in the solar system for the week of June 30

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

Time to take my weekly census of the spacecraft exploring the solar system. I wrote the Cassini part of this update yesterday but didn't have time to finish, and I've been trying to be a good girl about not working after hours -- so I'm...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of June 30

73. What's up in the solar system in October 2010

(Web Page; Sun Aug 23 11:42:00 CDT 2015)

Out in space, the most exciting things cooking this month are on Deep Impact, which is fast approaching comet Hartley 2 for a November 4 encounter, and at the Moon, which should soon see a second orbiter, China's Chang'E 2, which is set ...

Description: Out in space, the most exciting things cooking this month are on Deep Impact, which is fast approaching comet Hartley 2 for a November 4 encounter, and at the Moon, which should soon see a second orbiter, China's Chang'E 2, which is set to launch Friday.

74. Transcript for the March 6, 2019 show: China on the Final Frontier

(Web Page; Thu Mar 07 10:55:00 CST 2019)

Transcribed by Planetary Society volunteer Jake Bathman: [Mat Kaplan]: China on the final frontier, this week on Planetary Radio. Welcome. I'm Mat Kaplan of the Planetary Society with more of the human adventure across our solar system ...

75. Chang'E 2 update: primary mission successful

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

For months I've had no information about China's Chang'e 2 lunar orbiter for my monthly "What's Up" updates, and that's finally changed. Chang'e 2 completed its six-month nominal mission on April 1, and there were a couple of news storie...

Description: For months I've had no information about China's Chang'e 2 lunar orbiter for my monthly "What's Up" updates, and that's finally changed.

76. What's up in solar system exploration: April 2016 edition

(Web Page; Wed May 30 05:22:00 CDT 2018)

Welcome to my monthly inventory of the 20-plus spacecraft actively exploring our solar system. This month (actually, today), Cassini had a relatively close flyby of Titan, and New Horizons will observe a very distant Kuiper belt object n...

Description: This month (actually, today), Cassini had a relatively close flyby of Titan, and New Horizons will observe a very distant Kuiper belt object named 1994 JR1. Akatsuki has just fine-tuned its orbit around Venus, and Hayabusa2 has begun an 800-hour ion engine thrusting phase to steer it toward near-Earth asteroid Ryugu.

77. Chang'e 2: The Full Story

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

Editor's note: this is an update on Chang'e 2, China's second lunar orbiter. The spacecraft left the moon last year for the Earth-Sun L2 point, and is now heading towards asteroid Toutatis. The story of the tracking of the Chang'e 2 prob...

Description: An update on China's second lunar orbiter, Chang'e 2, which is now heading for asteroid Toutatis.

78. What's up in the solar system in January 2011 - and the rest of the year in preview

(Web Page; Fri May 29 17:18:00 CDT 2015)

Ready for the New Year? It's going to be an exciting one. Those of you who are reading this and who are going to New Year's Eve parties and who are geeky enough to bring up your interest in space in casual conversation may well hear comm...

Description: Ready for the New Year? It's going to be an exciting one.

79. What's up in the solar system in July 2011

(Web Page; Tue Oct 29 17:02:00 CDT 2013)

Time again for my monthly look at what's going on with the robots exploring the solar system! It'll be a month full of routine activities for our intrepid explorers performing ongoing science at Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, and Saturn...

Description: Time again for my monthly look at what's going on with the robots exploring the solar system! It'll be a month full of routine activities for our intrepid explorers performing ongoing science at Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, and Saturn.

80. Looking ahead to spacecraft activities in 2013

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

Hello, 2013! I'm looking forward to a fun year in planetary exploration -- but then every year is a fun year. What's ahead? First of all, there are four solar system launches planned. The biggest solar system launch of this year was one ...

Description: 2013 is going to be a busy year in space exploration. Two missions launch to the Moon (LADEE and Chang'E 3), and another two to Mars (MAVEN and India's mission). Curiosity should drive to the Mountain, and Opportunity to the next site on Endeavour's rim. Cassini will be seeing rings and Titan. Others should continue routine operations, except maybe MESSENGER, whose fate after March is not yet decided.

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