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What's Up Blog: Thoughts about our solar system by Jane Houston Jones
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Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy   5 May 2015
NASA's Mars Exploration Program has begun using systematic precautions to prevent Mars orbiters from flying too close to each other. Read More
New Horizons
NASA's New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto   29 Apr 2015
For the first time, images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto - the primary target of the New Horizons close flyby in mid-July. Read More
Mercury Crater-Naming Contest Winners Announced   29 Apr 2015
The MESSENGER Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Team, coordinated through the Carnegie Institution for Science, announces the winning names from its competition to name five impact craters on Mercury. Read More
MESSENGER: The Final Message   27 Apr 2015
The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER has run out of fuel. With no way to make major adjustments to its orbit around the planet Mercury, the probe will smash into the surface at more than 8,750 miles per hour (3.91 kilometers per second). Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
09 May 2015 50th Anniversary, Luna 5: Launch
12 May 2015 50th Anniversary, Luna 5: Lunar Impact
21 May 2015 5th Anniversary, Akatsuki: Launch
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
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