MESSENGER spacecraft’s fuel is nearly depleted. It will impact Mercury in March 2015. For now, space engineers are getting some of the best-ever Mercury pics.
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As of Thursday morning, November 13 – after initially failing to attach to the surface – Philae is now stable and is sending back pictures.
The dayside images of Rosetta’s comet have been fantastic. Now, thanks to backscatter of sunlight from the comet’s coma, we’re seeing amazing nightside images.
China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft rounded the lunar far side earlier this week, on the return leg of its journey to the moon. It’s now safely back on Earth.
The MESSENGER spacecraft, now orbiting Mercury, caught the images to make this movie of last Wednesday’s lunar eclipse. See Earth and moon from Mercury!
This unnamed crater is only 1.5 kilometers / 0.93 miles wide. It’s made more visible by the deep shadows cast on a Mercury afternoon.
Two early images from India’s MOM spacecraft. One shows an edge of Mars, with the planet’s tenuous atmosphere above. The other shows the whole planet. Beautiful!
The New Horizons spacecraft – due to encounter Pluto in July 2015 – has spotted Pluto’s small, faint, outermost known moon, called Hydra.
Rosetta spacecraft has been moving in tandem with its comet since August. On Monday, ESA announced the site of a November landing.
The Curiosity rover on the floor of the Gale Crater caught this image of Mars’ larger moon Phobos passing in front of the sun on August 8, 2014.