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What's Up Blog: Thoughts about our solar system by Jane Houston Jones
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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
New Horizons
NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Nears Historic July 14 Encounter with Pluto   14 Apr 2015
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons. Read More
Dawn's Ceres Color Map Reveals Surface Diversity   13 Apr 2015
A new color map of dwarf planet Ceres, which NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting since March, reveals the diversity of the surface of this planetary body. Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
19 Apr 2015 55th Anniversary, Ye-3/2: Launch
24 Apr 2015 25th Anniversary, Hubble Space Telescope: Launch
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
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