What's New in Lunar & 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.
- U.S. Air Force establishes Air Research and Development Command (ARDC).
- Last detection of signal from Pioneer 10, at distance of 82 AU (12.3 billion km) from the Sun.
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