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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.
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
satellite has released data from the first 57% of the sky surveyed during the
mission. The satellite went into hibernation in early February 2011, but
its discoveries include 20 comets, more than 33,000 asteroids between Mars and
Jupiter, and 133 near-Earth objects.
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
Images and data from Pluto and its moons continue to trickle in from the
spacecraft. Images of atmospheric haze and evidence of flowing ice were discussed at a
press conference on July 24.
For recent images and information, see the
APL New Horizons pages.
lander reestablished contact on 13 June after 7 months of silence on the surface of
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander has had a couple of short communications sessions
orbiter and appears to be in good condition. More details are available in the 15 June
spacecraft ended its mission as planned with an impact on the surface of Mercury
April 30 at 19:26 UT (3:26 p.m. EDT). The estimated impact position was 54.4 N, 210.1 E. A
was returned shortly before the impact.
For more details on the end of the mission, see the
MESSENGER News Release.