Solar System Exploration Missions Updates

Waning Gibbous Moon this morning.


ISS Space Walk: Last week’s space walk to install some instruments was not successful so another space walk and attempt by two astronauts has been scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday August 5th). NASA will broadcast the space walk beginning at 6 a.m. EDT and the actual space walk is scheduled to begin around 7:15 a.m. EDT.
Click here to read the full press release and for viewing information.

It’s Hasta la Vesta, Baby! The Dawn spacecraft is scheduled to leave asteroid Vesta late tonight Pacific time on its way to the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt. The Dawn mission is setting many ‘firsts’ including the use of ion propulsion, and having a mission that will visit two solar system objects. Watch for arrival at Ceres in the first half of 2015.
Click here to visit the Dawn mission web site.

One thought on “Solar System Exploration Missions Updates

  1. from a NASA press release:
    Mission controllers received confirmation today that NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has escaped from the gentle gravitational grip of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn is now officially on its way to its second destination, the dwarf planet Ceres.

    Dawn departed from Vesta at about 11:26 p.m. PDT on Sept. 4 (2:26 a.m. EDT on Sept. 5). Communications from the spacecraft via NASA’s Deep Space Network confirmed the departure and that the spacecraft is now traveling toward Ceres.

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