Down to Earth
Check out this new video of Blue Origin’s orbital rocket concept, New Glenn.
If you like planetary science and are excited by the idea of future missions to Europa, you should read this detailed post at Ars Technica about how Congressman John Culbertson is working to make it happen.
SpaceX successfully conducted the static fire test for their next rocket launch from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. A Falcon 9 carrying a commercial satellite will liftoff very early Tuesday morning, March 14th.
Only one orbital rocket launch since my last post. A European Space Agency Vega rocket launched the Earth-observing Sentinel-2B satellite from French Guiana on March 7th.
As usual, there are lots of good pictures from the crew on the ISS to share. Here’s a selection.
— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) March 8, 2017
— Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) March 9, 2017
— Shane Kimbrough (@astro_kimbrough) March 11, 2017
— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) March 12, 2017
Around the Solar System
New data from the Dawn probe in orbit of Ceres indicates that the “bright spots” are much younger than the craters they inhabit. This is evidence of relatively recent cryovulcanism.
Check out these incredible images of Saturn’s tiny moon Pan. It has a unique shape no one has ever seen before.
This is a pretty cool series of images showing a global dust storm moving across Mars.