What’s Up in Solar System Exploration

(Planetary Blogs) – Emily Lakdawalla:

Mid-month (on or after September 8), we’ll see OSIRIS-REx launch into a two-year cruise toward a rendezvous with asteroid Bennu. But you win some and you lose some: September will close, sadly, with the end of one of our great flagship planetary exploration missions. Rosetta will be brought down onto the surface of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko on September 30, after which it will be unable to communicate with Earth, and the 12-year mission will be over. We’ll still have about 19 spacecraft performing routine science operations …

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Solar system missions in Sept. 2016

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