Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Space Highlights - December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016

China has launched a pair of high-resolution remote Earth sensing tosatellites into orbit, labeled SuperView-1 01/02.  The satellites were launched aboard a Long March 2D rocket.

China also launched the TanSat carbon monitoring satellite, intended to track the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

India's ISRO is preparing to make a record setting launch attempt in January, when it will attempt to launch 83 satellites aboard a single rocket.

NASA has released additional, close-up views of Saturn's moon Pandora, as captured by the Cassini spacecraft during its ring-grazing orbits.

The new orbital path of the Cassini spacecraft has effectively ended close-up study of Saturn's giant moon, Titan.  Images of Titan from last June, which reveal changes in the circulation patterns of Titan's clouds and atmosphere, continue to baffle scientists who are attempting to unravel the mysteries of the cloud-covered moon.

NASA's Curiosity rover is on the move again, although its rock drill is still out of commission.

Europe's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has captured its first image of the Martian moon Phobos.

A new study suggests that Neptune-sized gas giants appear to be common fare in the outer reaches of many of the solar systems where exoplanets have been identified.

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