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What's Up for April 2015
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What's Up Blog: Thoughts about our solar system by Jane Houston Jones
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Dawn Enters Science Orbit   25 Apr 2015
NASA's Dawn spacecraft entered into its first science orbit on Thursday, April 23, as scheduled. Read More
Ceres' Bright Spots Come Back Into View   19 Apr 2015
This animated sequence of images shows northern terrain on the sunlit side of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on April 14 and 15, 2015. Read More
Dawn Glimpses Ceres' North Pole
Dawn Glimpses Ceres' North Pole   16 Apr 2015
After spending more than a month in orbit on the dark side of dwarf planet Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has captured several views of the sunlit north pole of this intriguing world. These images were taken on April 10. Read More
Asteroid Named for Nobel Prize Winner Joins Historic Lineup   15 Apr 2015
An asteroid discovered by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft has been given the formal designation 316201 Malala, in honor of Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. The asteroid's previous appellation was 2010 ML48. Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
25 Apr 2015 25th Anniversary, Hubble Space Telescope: Deployment by Space Shuttle Discovery
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
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