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61. One Day in the Solar System

(Web Page; Tue Oct 22 18:31:00 CDT 2013)

It's an amazing time to be alive. Case in point: August 5, 2012. On that day, dozens of robotic spacecraft were exploring both Earth and sky. Some circled our own planet, sensors pointed downward in order to map the land, sea, and air. O...

Description: Dispatches from five different worlds--all sent by robotic spacecraft on the same day.

62. What's up in the solar system in September 2011

(Web Page; Mon Dec 30 19:29:00 CST 2013)

September is going to start with a bang: the twin GRAIL spacecraft are set for launch on September 8. I would love to be able to attend the launch but my older daughter's first day of kindergarten is September 7! That's a launch of a dif...

Description: September is going to start with a bang: the twin GRAIL spacecraft are set for launch on September 8. I would love to be able to attend the launch but my older daughter's first day of kindergarten is September 7! That's a launch of a different kind.

63. What's up in the solar system in November 2009

(Web Page; Thu Mar 17 12:22:00 CDT 2016)

There are two -- actually three -- big things to look forward to this month. We have a double event to look forward to on Cassini: a pair of ultra-close Enceladus flybys spaced only 19 days apart, on November 2 and 21. And ESA's Rosetta ...

Description: There are two -- actually three -- big things to look forward to this month.

64. What's up in the solar system for the week of May 5

(Web Page; Mon Apr 18 22:50:00 CDT 2016)

Here's what's happening on active planetary missions this week. At Saturn, Cassini is at apoapsis today, beginning rev 67 (which will actually be its 68th complete orbit of Saturn). Like revs 63-66, rev 67 will a 9.6-day, steeply inclin...

Description: Here's what's happening on active planetary missions this week.

65. Planetary exploration in 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planet

(Web Page; Wed Dec 31 10:48:00 CST 2014)

Looking ahead to what we can expect from Earth's exploration of the rest of the solar system in 2015, there's an obvious theme: Dwarf planets. Dawn enters orbit at Ceres in March, and will spend most of the rest of 2015 in a series of su...

Description: Looking ahead to what we can expect from Earth's exploration of the rest of the solar system in 2015, there's an obvious theme: Dwarf planets.

66. What's Up in the Solar System in September 2012

(Web Page; Sat Mar 28 21:16:00 CDT 2015)

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the activities of our intrepid robotic explorers! And boy, has it been an active time. Curiosity has begun roving Mars, and Opportunity's not wasting any time either. The big rover is on the way to Glen...

Description: It's an active time in interplanetary exploration! Curiosity has begun roving Mars, and Opportunity's not wasting any time either. Dawn has just departed Vesta and begun the more than two-year cruise to Ceres. Juno is in the middle of a big deep-space maneuver, setting up next year's Earth flyby.

67. What's up in the solar system in November 2010

(Web Page; Fri Jul 31 09:38:00 CDT 2015)

I'm getting to this update early this month, as I anticipate a busy few days. The major event of the month will be, of course, Deep Impact's flyby of small comet Hartley 2, which happens at 13:50 UTC on November 4. But there's some other...

Description: The major event of the month will be, of course, Deep Impact's flyby of small comet Hartley 2, which happens at 13:50 UTC on November 4. But there's some other things to take note of.

68. What's up in the solar system for August 2010

(Web Page; Tue Aug 25 11:38:00 CDT 2015)

It seems it'll be a relatively routine month for our solar system explorers (if one can ever consider the exploration of an entire solar system by billion-dollar artificially intelligent robots "routine!"). Cassini will have a targeted e...

Description: It seems it'll be a relatively routine month for our solar system explorers (if one can ever consider the exploration of an entire solar system by billion-dollar artificially intelligent robots "routine!")

69. What's up in the solar system in April 2012

(Web Page; Tue Jan 15 23:14:00 CST 2013)

Welcome to my monthly roundup of the activities of our intrepid robotic emissaries across the solar system! I count 16 spacecraft that are actively performing 13 scientific missions at Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Saturn, and a...

Description: Welcome to my monthly roundup of the activities of our intrepid robotic emissaries across the solar system! I count 16 spacecraft that are actively performing 13 scientific missions at Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Saturn, and at the edge of the heliosphere.

70. What's Up in the Solar System in June 2012

(Web Page; Sun Mar 01 17:56:00 CST 2015)

Welcome to my monthly roundup of the activities of our intrepid robotic emissaries across the solar system! Probably the most anticipated celestial event of the month is not happening on a spacecraft; it's the June 5/6 transit of Venus, ...

Description: This month, Opportunity is roving again, while Curiosity approaches Mars; Cassini's finally seeing rings, and will fly by Mimas, Titan, and Tethys; GRAIL has completed its primary mission and is journeying toward the second; Dawn is climbing to the HAMO2 orbit; and a rare transit of Venus is coming up on June 5/6.

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