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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 Sees More Detail as It Draws Closer to Pluto
NASA's New Horizons Sees More Detail as It Draws Closer to Pluto   27 May 2015
What a difference 20 million miles makes! Images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are growing in scale as the spacecraft approaches its mysterious target. The new images, taken May 8-12 using a powerful telescopic camera. Read More
InSight
NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander for Next Mission to Red Planet   27 May 2015
Testing is underway on NASA's next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016. Read More
NASA's Europa Mission Begins with Selection of Science Instruments
NASA's Europa Mission Begins with Selection of Science Instruments   26 May 2015
NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life. Read More
Asteroids
Asteroid Distant 'Flyby' Thursday   13 May 2015
An asteroid, designated 1999 FN53, will safely pass more than 26 times the distance of Earth to the moon on May 14. To put it another way, at its closest point, the asteroid will get no closer than 6.3 million miles away (10 million kilometers). Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
08 Jun 2015 40th Anniversary, Venera 9: Launch
08 Jun 2015 50th Anniversary, Luna 6: Launch
09 Jun 2015 30th Anniversary, Vega 1: Balloon and Lander Operations at Venus
13 Jun 2015 5th Anniversary, Hayabusa: Sample Return to Earth
14 Jun 2015 40th Anniversary, Venera 10: Launch
15 Jun 2015 30th Anniversary, Vega 2: Venus Landing
19 Jun 2015 20th Anniversary, Ulysses: 1st North Polar Pass
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