What’s Up in Solar System Exploration

(Planetary Blogs) – Emily Lakdawalla:

Hopefully this month will see another ESA mission begin its science operations phase: ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrives on October 19, and it will deliver the Schiaparelli lander to its brief life on the Martian surface. Other milestones this month: Juno will shorten its long initial Jupiter orbit to its much shorter, two-week-long science orbit. Cassini will spiral through four, count them, four orbits of Saturn. ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission has issued its first science data release. And New Horizons is going to finish downlinking all its Pluto data. …

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Solar system missions in Oct. 2016

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