Spacecraft Placed In Two Sun-Synchronous Orbits During Two-Hour Flight
Arianespace’s light-lift Vega launcher performed an intricate mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana Tuesday, successfully delivering three satellite passengers at two different Sun-synchronous orbital altitudes during a flight lasting just over two hours. It was Vega’s second mission from the spaceport, and further demonstrated the capabilities of a vehicle that completes Arianespace’s launcher family – joining its medium-lift Soyuz and heavyweight Ariane 5.
So-Called 'Roasters' Are Planets The Size Of Jupiter Orbiting Near Their Sun
Our galaxy is teeming with a wild variety of planets. In addition to our solar system's eight near-and-dear planets, there are more than 800 so-called exoplanets known to circle stars beyond our sun. One of the first "species" of exoplanets to be discovered is the hot Jupiters, also known as roasters. These are gas giants like Jupiters, but they orbit closely to their stars, blistering under the heat.
Will Develop A High-Res Optical Encoder For Future Missions
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Innovative Partnerships Office in Greenbelt, MD, has entered into a Space Act Agreement with Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), North Logan, Utah, to develop a high-resolution optical encoder.