Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Space Highlights - January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017

China orbited three small satellites with its new Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) rocket, including the Jilin Linye-1 forestry satellite and two small CubeSats.

India's ISRO has established a February launch window for its record-setting attempt to place 103 satellites into orbit with a single launch.

The U.S. Air Force has encapsulated its SBIRS GEO 4 missile detection and intelligence-gathering satellite in preparation for launch.  The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) will be launched into a geosynchronous orbit (GEO) later this year.  Two other SBIRS satellites are on order.

NASA has released a family portrait of the Earth and its moon, as viewed from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

NASA this past week commemorated the 13th anniversary of the successful landing of the Spirit Mars Exploration Rover (MER) on the red planet, on January 3, 2003.

NASA has released an image of Saturn's moon Mimas, as captured from the Cassini spacecraft, which highlights the odd moon's 86-mile wide Herschel crater with its central peak.

Researchers reviewing the "snakeskin" terrain discovered on areas of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft, have identified equivalent features on Earth, caused by the natural erosion of snow and ice.

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