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Chang'e 4 relay satellite, Queqiao: A bridge between Earth and the mysterious lunar farside

Luyuan Xu • May 19, 2018 • 2

China's fourth lunar mission, Chang’e 4, is expected to begin on May 21 with the launch of a Long March 4C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwest of China. The launch will carry a spacecraft named Queqiao, which will serve as a communication relay satellite between Earth and the lunar farside.

Fire at ISRO's Space Application Centre

Sandhya Ramesh • May 15, 2018

Two weeks ago, Indian media reported a fire at the Space Application Centre (SAC) of ISRO in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Although it was a big fire, it was in an isolated building and no spacecraft was damaged.

Juno meets Cassini: A new merged global map of Jupiter

Björn Jónsson • May 14, 2018 • 2

The Juno spacecraft that is currently orbiting Jupiter has obtained the first good images of Jupiter's polar regions. I am presenting here a combined global map of Jupiter, made from a Cassini map I made for the equatorial and temperate regions and polar maps made from the Juno JunoCam and JIRAM polar images.

Refreshing the Viking Orbiter views of Mars

Justin Cowart • May 07, 2018 • 4

Justin Cowart reprocesses Viking Orbiter images from the 1970s and 1980s to reveal their unique and beautiful perspectives on the planet.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Studies Mystery Rock, Mission Officials Seek 2019 Extension

A.J.S. Rayl • May 04, 2018 • 4

Opportunity spent April further exploring the area about halfway down Perseverance Valley, checking out unusual, vesicular or pitted rocks the likes of which she has never seen, while officials prepared the mission’s bid to keep the robot field geologist roving through 2019.

A Comet or Titan: The Next New Frontiers Mission

Van Kane • May 02, 2018 • 4

Both would do compelling science in the mid-2030s. Otherwise the two missions could not be more different.

An update on the potential habitability of TRAPPIST-1

Franck Marchis • April 30, 2018 • 1

One year ago, Franck Marchis wrote an article about the remarkable discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system. Here's an update.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update Special Report: Perseverance Science So Far, New View of Endeavour at LPSC 2018

A.J.S. Rayl • April 27, 2018 • 1

For the 15th year in a row, Opportunity drove into the spotlight during an afternoon session at the 49th Lunar & Planetary Science Conference.

‘SuperCam’ Update: Multi-purpose Instrument Coming Together for 2020 Launch to Mars

Roger Wiens • April 27, 2018 • 2

Excitement is building within the SuperCam team as the instrument enters the final stages of assembly and testing toward an anticipated launch aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 rover.

What kind of asteroid is Ryugu?

Makoto Yoshikawa • April 24, 2018 • 1

What do we already know about Ryugu, and why is it so hard to know what it looks like? Hayabusa2 Mission Manger Makoto Yoshikawa

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