Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Space Highlights - September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016

India's ISRO successfully launched eight satellites into orbit on a single booster this week, including a weather satellite, and seven experimental satellites - three from Algeria, one each from Canada and the U.S., and two from Indian universities.

NASA has announced that the Hubble Space Telescope has confirmed the detection of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa, providing additional evidence for a suspected subsurface ocean that may harbor the seeds of life.

Europe's Rosetta probe is expected to crash into Comet 67P later this week.

A team of researchers pouring over data from the New Horizons spacecraft have postulated that Pluto's heart-shaped region is in fact a vast glacier of nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide ice, stretched over a deep basin.  Other models of Pluto's features, meanwhile, suggest that miles below the surface, the same heart-shaped region must harbor a liquid water ocean - to explain why that zone ended-up as tidally locked and facing Pluto's moon, Charon.

The Hubble Space Telescope has identified an exoplanet circling a binary star system some 8,000 light years from Earth.  The icy planet orbits a pair of red dwarfs, and is at least as massive as the Earth, and possibly as large as Saturn.

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