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Update: China’s Chang’e-2 Moon Probe Enters Lunar Orbit

October 6th, 2010

Launched on October 1, China’s Chang’e-2 spacecraft braked itself into an orbit around the Moon on October 6, Beijing local time. Firing its onboard engine for 30 minutes, the probe entered a 100 kilometer by 8,000 kilometer orbit. The craft takes some 12 hours to complete an orbit of the Moon. Chang’e-2 will make other […]

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Red Planet Orbiter: MAVEN to go Martian

October 5th, 2010

BOULDER, Colorado – An innovative NASA Mars Orbiter is moving into the development stage. The mission is NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN for short. It will probe the past climate of Mars, including its potential for harboring life over the ages. MAVEN’s liftoff is slated for November 2013. Led by the University […]

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