Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Space Highlights - January 13, 2016

January 13, 2016

SpaceX is set to launch the Jason-3 sea-level monitoring satellite this coming weekend, aboard a Falcon 9 booster.  They will also be attempting to recover the first stage booster aboard a sea barge afterwards.

China is scheduled to launch the Belintersat-1 telecommunications satellite on Friday aboard a Long March 3B booster.  More than 20 satellite launches are scheduled from China this year.

The Cassini spacecraft captured a near-infrared view of Saturn and its ring system as the probe's mission winds down.

The Dawn space probe has sent back new, more detailed images of Ceres' cratered surface.

The New Horizons spacecraft has sent back detailed images of the "lava lamp" icy plains of Pluto.  The plains appear to be formed from nitrogen ice that is melted by internal heating, rising to the surface of the plains, before cooling and sinking back down.

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