🗓 October 4 marks the 63rd anniversary of the #space age. #OTD in 1957 the R-7 carrier rocket set into orbit the first man-made orbiter. Radio channels carried the famous Beep! Beep! signals 314 seconds after the launch and were heard by the whole world.
It’s #FlashbackFriday so we’re putting the spotlight on past robotic 🌘 Moon mission LADEE! Pictured is the spacecraft in one of our clean rooms in 2013. The orbiter helped uncover the origins of the Moon’s water and more. Details:
And here's the high-resolution Terra/MODIS imagery from a recent polar-orbiter pass courtesy NASA worldview.
Who better than the cast of #StarTrek to greet Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter, when it rolled out of the Palmdale facility on this day in 1976? It *was* named after the starship from the award-winning tv-show, after all.
Beautiful Mars! Our orbiter'>Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched 15 years ago today to study the Red Planet’s atmosphere, weather, subsurface water, and more. But the mission might best be known for the images sent by its @HiRISE camera:
We have the same wishes for Vikram, Orbiter. Want to stay in touch with Vikram and Pragyan as they make their way to the untouched lunar South Pole and uncover its many mysteries? Then keep an eye out for the next edition of #CY2Chronicles !
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief, K Sivan to ANI:We've found the location of #Vikram Lander on lunar surface&orbiter has clicked a thermal image of Lander. But there is no communication yet. We are trying to have contact. It will be communicated soon. #Chandrayaan2
?? #ISROMissions ?? We are ready for one of the most exciting missions, #Chandrayaan2 . Launch window between July 9-16 & likely Moon-landing on Sept 6, 2019. #GSLVMKIII will carry 3 modules of this #lunarmission - Orbiter, Lander (Vikram), Rover (Pragyan). More updates soon.
Our Mars Odysseyorbiter phoned home, relaying news from indicating its solar panels are open & collecting sunlight on the Martian surface. Also in the dispatch: this snapshot from the lander's arm showing the instruments in their new home: