NASA’s Juno will perform close flyby of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

This image of Jupiter’s moon Europa was taken by the JunoCam imager aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft on Oct. 16, 2021, from a distance of about 51,000 miles (82,000 kilometers). Credit: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS / Image processing by Andrea Luck On Thursday, Sept. 29, at 2:36 am PDT (5:36 am EDT), NASA’s Juno spacecraft will come … Read more

Coronal mass ejection hits Solar Orbiter before Venus flyby

Enabling & Support 09/05/2022 582 views 15th likes In brief In the early hours of Sunday 4 September, Solar Orbiter flew by Venus for a gravity-assist manoeuvre that alters the spacecraft’s orbit, getting it even closer to the Sun. As if trying to get the orbiter’s attention as it cosied up to another body in … Read more

NASA’s New Horizons probe still exploring, 7 years after Pluto flyby

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto seven years ago, but the probe’s work is far from done. New Horizons is still on duty in extended mission mode, diving ever deeper into the Kuiper Belt to examine ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region beyond the orbit of Neptune. New Horizons launched in January 2006 … Read more

Lucy continues to stabilize its solar array before its October flyby

With the first half of 2022 coming to a close, NASA teams are continuing work to resolve the Lucy spacecraft’s solar array issue following its October 2021 launch. Lucy is a first-of-a-kind mission to visit several asteroids in Jupiter’s L4 and L5 Lagrange points. Currently, Lucy is coasting before its first flyby of Earth in … Read more

BepiColombo lines up for second Mercury flyby

Science & Exploration 06/20/2022 439 views 22 likes The ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission is gearing up for its second close flyby of Mercury on 23 June. ESA’s spacecraft operation team is guiding BepiColombo through six gravity assists of the planet before entering orbit around it in 2025. Like its first encounter last year, this week’s flyby … Read more