Jason Davis • Nov 10, 2016
A week in the solar system
It's been an interesting week here on planet Earth.
This afternoon, I took a peek at NASA's Deep Space Network visualization page to watch signals flowing to and from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system. At the time I looked, the DSN was having lively chats with probes at Mars and Saturn, while receiving signals from Voyager 1 that left the spacecraft 19 hours ago.
One thing led to another, and I started looking up all of the pretty pictures that came back to Earth during the past few days. Here are a few snapshots from November 4 through 8.
SDO traced out a plus sign in space to calibrate its sensors, giving us this dizzying solar footage. https://t.co/UGzQ3jps62 pic.twitter.com/zvcABoeyqe— NASASunEarth (@NASASunEarth) November 7, 2016
I'm ready to head to a higher orbit at #Ceres! https://t.co/sfBXnsQZPq pic.twitter.com/qQU4ey7VvW— NASA's Dawn Mission (@NASA_Dawn) November 4, 2016
Onward to Bennu! As of this morning, I'm almost 38 million kilometers from Earth. #ToBennuAndBack pic.twitter.com/Ss05Byh0gP— OSIRIS-REx (@OSIRISREx) November 7, 2016
New VMC Images direct from Mars! 10 images taken 08.11.2016 https://t.co/fwSs4cJFKi #marswebcam pic.twitter.com/y2LRlPEpW8— VMC - Mars Webcam (@esamarswebcam) November 10, 2016
I am currently 15 hrs 40 mins 25 secs of light-travel time from Earth (2016:314:000000:2L)— NSFVoyager2 (@NSFVoyager2) November 8, 2016
Sister ship @NASAVoyager is 19 hrs 02 mins 19 secs of light-travel time from Earth (2016:313:120000:1L)— NSFVoyager2 (@NSFVoyager2) November 8, 2016
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