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NASA’s Dawn Clicks Stunning Images of Ceres, Three Times Better than Previous Images

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has captured three times better images of the dwarf planet Ceres than it delivered in early December. Ceres is the main asteroid belt which lies in between Mars and Jupiter. As per reports, these are the first in a series of images that will be taken for navigation purposes during the approach to Ceres. The best images ...

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NASA Scientists Spot Accurate Position of Saturn

NASA researchers have determined the exact location of Saturn and its family of moons to within four km – a feat that will improve astronomers’ knowledge of Saturn’s orbit and benefits spacecraft navigation and basic physics research. The team of researchers paired NASA’s Cassini spacecraft with the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio-telescope system to achieve this. ...

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Ariane 5 Successfully Lofts ISRO GSAT-16, DIRECTV-14 Satellites into Orbit

India’s advanced communications satellite GSAT-16 was carried into orbit by an European Ariane 5 rocket, that blasted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on Saturday at 20:40 GMT, alongwith the other passenger DIRECTV-14 of the US. This is also a landmark for Arianespace for achieving a record combined payload mass orbited from French Guiana in a single year: ...

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Successful Launch: Test Flight of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Boosts Mars Mission

The US space agency marked a major milestone on its mission to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space on Friday, travelling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years. Following a perfect launch and more than four hours in Earth’s orbit, NASA’s Orion spacecraft made a splashdown in the ...

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NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft reveals flood volcanism similar to Earth on Mercury

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, which has orbited Mercury,  sent some new photos and information about the planet Mercury. The data shows widespread flood volcanism similar to Earth, clearer views of Mercury’s surface, the first measurements of its elemental composition, and details about charged particles near the planet. MESSENGER, or the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, conducted 15 laps ...

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