Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Space Highlights - October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016

The launch of India's GSAT-18 communications satellite was postponed by one day until Thursday of this week, due to heavy crosswinds.

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) also had to delay the launch of its latest communications satellite due to poor weather.

NASA has released a "selfie" of the Curiosity Mars rover, captured on the slopes of Mount Sharp.

NASA has begun tests of a new camera design for its 2020 Mars rover.  The new camera is expected to assist in the autonomous landing system, validating a safe landing site before the rover touches down on the Martian surface.

The Cassini spacecraft has captured images of two "shepherd" moons lurking among Saturn's rings.  These and other small moons are believed to contribute to the longevity and stability of Saturn's ring system.

The ESA's Rosetta spacecraft completed its "controlled crash" into Comet 67P this past week.  Close-up photographs reveal the rough surface of the comet, in the final moments before impact.

Collecting images from Juno's insertion into orbit around Jupiter, a citizen scientist has released a video of Juno's approach and capture by Jupiter's gravity.

Astronomers have spotted a spiral-arm structure around a young star, possibly pointing to an alternate method for how gas-giant planets might form in the furthest reaches of a solar system.

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