What’s Up in Solar System Exploration

(Planetary Blogs) – Emily Lakdawalla:

This month, Cassini had a relatively close flyby of Titan, and New Horizons will observe a very distant Kuiper belt object named 1994 JR1. Akatsuki has just fine-tuned its orbit around Venus, and Hayabusa2 has begun an 800-hour ion engine thrusting phase to steer it toward near-Earth asteroid Ryugu. On Mars, Curiosity has just about finished its traverse of the Naukluft plateau, and Opportunity has performed its steepest-ever climb and witnessed one of the biggest dust devils of the mission. Juno is only 92 days away from Jupiter arrival. …

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Solar System Missions in 2016-04, by Olaf Frohn

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