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China: to launch its 1st moon orbiter

China is to launch its first recoverable moon orbiter later this year as the latest step in its ambitious space programme.

The government has announced that the mission will travel to the moon before returning to earth. 256 more words


Mars Odyssey spacecraft completes precautionary comet manoeuvre

(Artist’s concept of the Mars Odyssey spacecraft – Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft has successfully adjusted the timing of its orbit around Mars as a defensive precaution for comet C/2013 A1 (otherwise known as Siding Spring) which will pass by the Red Planet on October 19. 311 more words


45 years ago today, humans stood on the Moon

45 years ago today, humans took their first steps on another world. It might only have been our Moon, and in galactic terms, this is the equivalent of popping down the shops for a pint of milk. 513 more words


MAVEN - update

Seventy-one days until the MAVEN spacecraft is placed into orbit around Mars. All systems are functioning as planned for the September 21st orbit insertion. Three days later, the MOM orbiter from India is scheduled to be placed into Mars orbit. 42 more words