Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Space Highlights - November 25, 2015

November 25, 2015

Japan's H-IIA rocket successfully launched Japan's first commercial satellite this past week: a Canadian Telstar 12V telecommunications payload.  All prior Japanese launches have been with government payloads.

China's Long March 3B booster has launched the first satellite on behalf of Laos: the LaoSat-1 communications satellite, built by the China Academy of Space Technology.

As time runs out for the solar-powered Rosetta comet mission, controllers at ESA have sent the space probe on a final attempt to locate its inoperative Philae landing probe.

NASA has released the first images of Ceres polar regions, as captured by the Dawn space probe.  The photographs portray a heavily cratered region.

As its orbit decays, the Martian moon Phobos is expected to eventually break-up, forming a rocky ring around the red planet.

NASA has released a collection of Pluto photographs that portray a full rotation or "day" on the dwarf planet, as it spins about its axis.

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