Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Space Highlights - April 6, 2016

April 6, 2016

China has successfully launched a retrievable research satellite aboard a Long March 2-D booster.  The SJ-10 satellite contains 19 experiments, which will be returned to earth by a reentry capsule.

India's ISRO and NASA are expected to jointly launch a satellite to study earthquakes.  The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite will combine instruments from both agencies, and will be launched in the 2020-21 time frame.

NASA has released a series of images from the Opportunity rover that capture the movement of a dust devil on Mars.

Cassini has supplied a series of fresh images of Saturn and its ring system, as the spacecraft continues to wind down its mission.

A team of French researchers claims to have collected additional evidence for the proposed Planet Nine, based on perturbations in the orbit of the Cassini space probe around Saturn.

The Rosetta spacecraft has supplied back-lit images of Comet 67/P, as the comet and space probe continue on their journey away from the sun.

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