Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Space Highlights - January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017

An experimental Japanese micro-satellite launch rocket failed to reach orbit with its payload.

SpaceX successfully returned to orbit with the launch of a 10-satellite payload aboard a Falcon 9 booster, and a successful return rocket landing.  The payload of communications satellites achieved low earth orbit.

As the Cassini spacecraft winds down its final year of exploration, scientists look back on the 12-year anniversary of the Huygens lander which touched down on Saturn's moon Titan following its journey to Saturn aboard the Cassini spacecraft.

A new study suggests that methanogens, some of the simplest and earliest life forms to exist on Earth, could survive under the low atmospheric pressures of a simulated Martian environment.

Japan's Akatsuki spacecraft has identified a planet-wide atmospheric disturbance on Venus that is believed to have been caused by mountainous terrain on the planet's surface.

Citizen scientists continue to play a role in parsing together imagery from NASA's Juno spacecraft, as it orbits Jupiter.

A new study has suggested that, despite existing within the habitable zone of its parent star, the closest confirmed exoplanet - which orbits Proxima Centauri - was likely desiccated early in its history, rendering it a desert waste unsuitable for life.

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