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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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Pluto
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
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
Dawn
Ceres Spots Continue to Mystify in Latest Dawn Images   21 Jun 2015
The closer we get to Ceres, the more intriguing the distant dwarf planet becomes. New images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak. Read More
Rosetta
Rosetta's MIRO Instrument Maps Comet Water   19 Jun 2015
Since last September, scientists using NASA's Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have generated maps of the distribution of water in the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. 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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