What's New in Lunar & Planetary Science
The Chinese National Space Agency successfully launched the lunar lander
and its rover Yutu on December 1 at 17:30 UT (1:30 a.m. December 2 BJST local time).
Chang'e-3 is scheduled to land in the Sinus Iridum region of the Moon about December 14.
spacecraft entered its planned science orbit around the Moon on 20 November and will
now start collecting data on the tenuous lunar atmosphere over the next 100 days.
mission to Mars launched successfully on Monday, 18 November at 18:28 UT (1:28 p.m. EST)
from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The spacecraft will reach Mars and go into orbit
to study the martian atmosphere on 22 September 2014.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched the Mars Orbiter
Mission (MOM) or
on November 5 at 9:08 UTC (4:08 a.m. EST). The spacecraft
is scheduled to reach Mars and go into orbit on 24 September 2014, where it will study
the martian surface and atmosphere, particularly methane.
- Pioneer Venus begins sending back data and images as first U.S. Venus orbiter.
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