Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Space Highlights - November 30, 2016

November 30, 2016

The United Launch Alliance expects to see its eighth launch of the year before the end of December, with the anticipated launch of the EchoStar 19 communications satellite aboard an Atlas 5 rocket.

China successfully launched its fourth data satellite, completing a global relay system to support its satellite network.  The satellite, the Tianlian I-04, was launched aboard a Long March 3C rocket.

The ESA's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has begun to exercise its instruments for the first time, after successfully entering Martian orbit last month.

India's ISRO has begun planning for its second Mars orbiter, following the success of its MoM-1 spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Mars for a little over a year.

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have suggested that new computer models point to the hypothesized Planet 9 - which is believed by many to be responsible for perturbing the orbital paths of several Kuiper belt objects in the far reaches of our solar system - as being an exoplanet that was captured by our sun.

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