Vehicle Integration and Launch Operations Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center
NASA’s Orion spacecraft has taken its first step toward Mars and an asteroid mission. The Planetary Society’s Jason Davis was at the Kennedy Space Center for the December 5 mission. Bill Nye believes Orion will bring far-reaching benefits. Emily Lakdawalla has your guide to New Horizons, awake now for its climactic run at Pluto, and Bruce Betts phones home from Arizona State University, where he helped begin planning for the 2020 Mars rover’s main cameras.
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Orion lifts off
NASA's Orion spacecraft lifts off atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 on Friday, Dec. 5, 2015.
What relatively bright star in our sky is Pioneer 10 headed for, and will reach the vicinity of in about 2 million years?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What are the TWO active region numbers assigned to the giant sunspot that was visible during the most recent partial solar eclipse. The second number was assigned when the region reappeared as the Sun rotated.
That big October sunspot was designated AR2192, and re-designated AR2209 when it went around for a second time.