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Parker Solar Probe. Solar System - Luna 2 (pictures, video, facts & news) USSR launches the first artificial planet. 55 years ago, the USSR launched the first spacecraft beyond the Earth orbit into a trajectory around the Sun.

USSR launches the first artificial planet

The E1 No. 4 probe was designed to hit the Moon but missed due to navigation errors. Previous chapter: Unmanned lunar missions Luna-1 mission Preparations for the launch of the E1 No. 4 lunar probe were hindered by the New Year celebrations on Dec. 31, 1958, formally, still a work day. Mars Exploration Program. Viking 1 & 2 Mission Type: Orbiter & Lander pairsLaunch Vehicle: Titan IIIE/CentaurLaunch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Viking 1 Orbiter & Lander Launch: August 20, 1975 UTCOrbit Insertion: June 19, 1976Orbiter End of Mission: August 17, 1980Landing: July 20, 1976Landing Site: Chryse Planitia ("Golden Plain")Lander End of Mission: November 13, 1982 Viking 2 Orbiter & Lander.

Mars Exploration Program

Beagle 2. Origin of Saturn’s F Ring and its shepherd moons revealed – Astronomy Now. Ryuki Hyodo, a second-year PhD student, and Professor Keiji Ohtsuki of the Graduate School of Science at Kobe University have revealed that Saturn’s F Ring and its shepherd satellites are a natural outcome of the final stage of formation of Saturn’s satellite system.

Origin of Saturn’s F Ring and its shepherd moons revealed – Astronomy Now

Their finding has just been published online in Nature Geoscience. Saturn, which is the second largest planet in our solar system, is known to have multiple rings and satellites. In 1979, Pioneer 11 discovered the F Ring, located 3,000 kilometres (1900 miles) beyond the outer edge of the A Ring. The F Ring is very active, with features changing on a timescale of hours. The F Ring is also very narrow with a width of only a few hundred kilometres, and has two shepherd satellites called Prometheus and Pandora, which orbit inside and outside the ring, respectively. This new finding is expected to help elucidate the formation of satellite systems both within and outside our solar system.

Cassini's First Grand Finale Images Are Stunning—But What Are We Really Looking At? Mars Exploration Rover Mission: Home. Europa Clipper. Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission - MAVEN. JUICE. Missions - NASA Solar System Exploration. ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli Mission (2016) ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli Mission (2016) The first mission of the ExoMars programme, scheduled to arrive at Mars in October 2016, consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module, known as Schiaparelli.

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli Mission (2016)

The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes and to test key technologies in preparation for ESA's contribution to subsequent missions to Mars. The Orbiter and Schiaparelli were launched together on 14 March 2016 on a Proton rocket and are flying to Mars in a composite configuration. Chang’e-3 Lunar Probe. Breakthrough Starshot. The story of humanity is a story of great leaps – out of Africa, across oceans, to the skies and into space.

Breakthrough Starshot

Since Apollo 11’s ‘moonshot’, we have been sending our machines ahead of us – to planets, comets, even interstellar space. But with current rocket propulsion technology, it would take tens or hundreds of millennia to reach our neighboring star system, Alpha Centauri. The stars, it seems, have set strict bounds on human destiny. Until now. In the last decade and a half, rapid technological advances have opened up the possibility of light-powered space travel at a significant fraction of light speed. Breakthrough Starshot aims to demonstrate proof of concept for ultra-fast light-driven nanocrafts, and lay the foundations for a first launch to Alpha Centauri within the next generation. A number of hard engineering challenges remain to be solved before these missions can become a reality.

PlanetQuest - The Search for Another Earth. The flower you see in this animation isn’t NASA’s attempt to celebrate the coming of spring.

PlanetQuest - The Search for Another Earth

It’s actually the latest design in a cutting-edge effort to take pictures of planets orbiting stars far from the sun. Astronomers have been indirectly detecting exoplanets for more than 15 years, but actually taking a picture of one has proven an immensely difficult task. Picking out the dim light of a planet from a star billions of times brighter is akin to finding a needle in a cosmic haystack, especially when the planet in question is a small, rocky world similar to Earth. In order to achieve this feat, researchers are developing techniques to block out the starlight while preserving the light emitted by the planet.

This is called starlight suppression. It’s a task that NASA’s flower-shaped starshade is designed to make easier. Titan Submarine: Exploring the Depths of Kraken. See the 10 Best Photos Taken by Voyager 2. Moon Express. Voyager Golden Record. Voyager 1 Golden Record (FULL)(5 HOURS)(1080p) New Horizons. 11+ Years of Mars Roving in 8 Minutes. Venera-9 and 10. In 1975, Soviet scientists launched two probes to Venus, which transmitted first ever images from the surface of the planet.

Venera-9 and 10

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