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also known as Hitomi or "Eye", an X-ray astronomy collaboration
between JAXA and NASA, was launched from the Tanegashima launch facility in
Japan on 17 February 2016 at 5:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time
mission launched successfully on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Kourour, French
Guiana at 09:12 UT on 19 December 2013. The mission is designed to
measure the positions and velocity of roughly 1,000,000,000 stars as well as
determine their temperature, composition, and other properties.
NASA's launch of the
Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)
spacecraft took place at 7:27 p.m. on 27 June 2013
(02:27 UT, 28 June) about 100 miles from Vandenberg AFB.
Voyager 1 has encountered
a region of spacecraft at the edge of our solar system that scientists believe
is the last region the spacecraft will have to cross prior to entering
Lunar and Planetary Science
NASA has chosen two new Discovery missions, one, Lucy, to explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids,
and the other, Psyche, to explore main belt asteroid 16 Psyche.
For more information, see the
NASA press release.
The European Space Agency's
mission reached Mars on October 19. The main engine burn to put the Trace Gas Orbiter
into orbit around Mars was successful.
Signals from the Schiaparelli lander were lost
moments before the scheduled touch down at 14:58 UT Earth-received time (10:58 a.m. EDT).
The final burn to lower the
spacecraft into a 14 day orbit around Jupiter, scheduled in October, was postponed due to a problem
with two helium check valves.
For more information see the
Juno news release.
Juno remains in a 53 day orbit while the problem is being studied.