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A recent picture taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft in orbit around Mercury, shows a smile!

The "smiling crater" can be seen at http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/pics/EW0219266241G.map.png

The Dawn spacecraft is now in orbit around the minor planet Vesta. NASA's web site for Dawn is at http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/

There is a video of Vesta rotating at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaUaoy33gHE

And where is New Horizons, NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission? It is now 20.68 AU from the Sun and only some 11 Au from Pluto. Whilst New Horizons has been on route to Pluto, they have discovered another 3 moons of Pluto besides the previously know Charon. Details at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/news_center/news/20110720.php

You can help find a target in the Kuiper Belt for New Horizons by going the Ice Hunter web site at http://www.icehunters.org/ and spotting Iceballs.

 

Posted on Sunday, August 7, 2011 7:33 PM | Back to top


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