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What's Up - July 2015
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What's Up Blog: Thoughts about our solar system by Jane Houston Jones
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NASA's New Horizons Plans July 7 Return to Normal Science Operations   5 Jul 2015
NASA's New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto. Read More
New Horizons Team Responds to Spacecraft Anomaly   4 Jul 2015
The New Horizons spacecraft experienced an anomaly the afternoon of July 4 that led to a loss of communication with Earth. Communication has since been reestablished and the spacecraft is healthy. Read More
Hubble Space Telescope
The Universe May Be Far Less Crowded Than We Think   1 Jul 2015
There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the universe than might be expected, according to a new study led by Michigan State University. Read More
New Horizons
New Horizons Update: Methane Detected; New Images of Pluto and Charon; Sunrise/Sunset Observations   1 Jul 2015
Yes, there is methane on Pluto, and, no, it doesn't come from cows. The infrared spectrometer on NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has detected frozen methane on Pluto's surface. Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
06 Jul 2015 Earth at Aphelion
10 Jul 2015 5th Anniversary, Rosetta: Asteroid Lutetia Flyby
13 Jul 2015 20th Anniversary, Galileo: Probe Release
15 Jul 2015 50th Anniversary, Mariner 4: Closest Approach to Mars (9,846 km)
18 Jul 2015 50th Anniversary, Zond 3: Launch
20 Jul 2015 50th Anniversary, Zond 3: Lunar Flyby
24 Jul 2015 65th Anniversary, Bumper Project: First Launch From Cape Canaveral
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