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.
In the early hours this morning, orbiter'>Solar Orbiter got its first software update. At a distance of 264 million km, 1.7 times the distance between the Sun and Earth, Solar Orbiter is almost the furthest away it will get during its entire mission
MoS for Space @DrJitendraSingh says that the launch of #Chandrayaan3 may now take place somewhere in early 2021. Chandrayaan-3 will be a mission repeat of #Chandrayaan2 and will include a Lander & Rover similar to that of Chandrayaan-2, but will not have an orbiter.
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: