Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Space Highlights - February 17, 2016

February 17, 2016

The European Space Agency successfully launched its Sentinel-3A oceanic monitoring satellite this past week aboard a Russian Rokot booster.

The U.S. launched its NROL-45 spy satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base this past week, aboard a Delta IV booster.

Japan has delayed the launch of an X-Ray observatory until the end of the week due to bad weather.

NASA has released additional images Saturn's moon Tethys as a the Cassini space probe continues to wind down its mission.

A new study suggests that the amount of mass that Saturn's volcanic moon Enceladus ejects into Saturn's magnetosphere is roughly equivalent to the mass escaping from the planet's atmosphere.

NASA has released a geological map of Pluto's "heart" region, compiled from photographs captured by the New Horizons spacecraft.  The map uses color-coding to identfy terrains of different origin.

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