What Are JPL’s Lucky Peanuts? – NASA Solar System Exploration

Before NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, the entry, descent, and landing team posed at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California with individual bags of traditional “lucky peanuts.” Eating peanuts before major mission events is a longstanding tradition at JPL. Standing in the foreground are (left to right) … Read more

After Mars – lunar rover, Venus and asteroid belt research. New Arab Missions

The new mission, scheduled to begin in 2028, is expected to allow the United Arab Emirates to explore the area of ​​the asteroid belt within the solar system – their cluster separates the orbits of the inner planets from the gas giant zone. Moreover, the UAE is set to become the first Arab country to … Read more

UAE to launch mission to explore Venus, land on asteroid

The United Arab Emirates is launching a new space mission, this time planning to be the first Arab nation to successfully land on an asteroid, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced over Twitter. Today, among the 50 projects, the UAE launched a new space mission… a mission to … Read more

Helpful Venus. Successful gravity assists on two research missions

The considered flights were on August 9 and 10, respectively. – only 33 hours apart. First, the Solar Orbiter mission was at the closest point on its trajectory to the second planet of the solar system, already making the second of its tight passages around Venus (the first took place in December 2020). This probe … Read more

Here are NASA’s best images of all the planets in the solar system

Our solar system features eight planets, and each of these planets is very distinguishable as they are all quite different. VIEW GALLERY – 9 IMAGES During the time that humans have been exploring our solar system and the space beyond it, NASA has captured some incredible images of our local planets. Most of the images … Read more

All About The Passage Through Venus Of The BepiColombo And Solar Orbiter Probes

ESA/NASA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft passed Venus on August 9 at a distance of 7995 km, while ESA/JAXA’s BepiColombo mission passed just 552 km from the planet’s surface on August 10th. The flights were needed to give the spacecraft a gravity boost so they can reach their next destinations. BepiColombo will make the first of six … Read more

Solar Orbiter Probe Passes Through Venus And Captures The Planet’s Intense Glow

On August 9, 2021, the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter probe passed less than 7,995 kilometers from the surface of the planet Venus. In the days leading up to the approach, the spacecraft’s imager, known as the Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager, or SoloHI, captured this brilliant view of the planet. The images show Venus approaching from the … Read more