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Cassini: Return to Rhea

After a couple of years in high-inclination orbits that limited its ability to encounter Saturn's moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft returned to Saturn's equatorial plane in March 2015.

dateMar 30, 2015 in Space Exploration
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MESSENGER completes 4,000th orbit of Mercury

On March 25, the MESSENGER spacecraft completed its 4,000th orbit of Mercury, and the lowest point in its orbit continues to move closer to the planet than ever before. The orbital phase of the MESSENGER mission, which was ...

dateMar 30, 2015 in Space Exploration
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A new spin on Saturn's peculiar rotation

Tracking the rotation speed of solid planets, like the Earth and Mars, is a relatively simple task: Just measure the time it takes for a surface feature to roll into view again. But giant gas planets Jupiter and Saturn are ...

dateMar 25, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Public asked to help name features on Pluto

On July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto, offering the first close-up look at that small, distant world and its largest moon, Charon. These denizens of the outer solar system will be transformed from ...

dateMar 24, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Image: Launch of first crewed Gemini flight

In a span of 20 months from March 1965 to November 1966, NASA developed, tested and flew transformative capabilities and cutting-edge technologies in the Gemini program that paved the way for not only Apollo, but the achievements ...

dateMar 24, 2015 in Space Exploration
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