Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Space Highlights - January 20, 2016

January 20, 2016

Belarus recently launched its first satellite, aboard a Chinese booster, this past week.  Belintersat-1 is intended to provide satellite communications coverage to Africa, Asia and Europe.

SpaceX successfully launched the Jason-3 oceanic research satellite into orbit this past week, but was unsuccessful in its attempt to recover the first stage booster for refurbishment and reuse.

India is preparing to launch its fifth navigation satellite into orbit this coming week.

ESA scientists have reported that the Rosetta probe has confirmed the detection of water ice on the surface of Comet 67P.  Such a find has been rare, since water ice tends to sublimate on exposure to solar radiation when the comet is close to the sun.

The Dawn spacecraft has revealed fresh, new close-up images of Ceres' craters.

Ten years after its launch, the New Horizons spacecraft beamed back new, high-resolution images of Pluto's outer atmosphere.

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