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A Few Classics from Mars Express

Images credit & copyright: ESA/Mars Express. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express mission entered Martian orbit on December 25, 2003 with its lander, Beagle 2 (RIP). Although Beagle 2 landed successfully, only two of its four solar panels deployed … Continue reading

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Messier 104, Sombrero Galaxy

Image credit & copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The Sombrero Galaxy or M-104 is located about 28 million light years away in the constellation of Virgo. In this Hubble Space Telescope, 6 photo mosaic, we view this spiral galaxy edge-on … Continue reading

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Messier 81 (M81) Bode’s Galaxy

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, GALEX Space Telescope & Spitzer Space Telescope. CLICK image for larger view and look below for information and related links. This image of the brilliant spiral galaxy M81 comes from a collaboration … Continue reading

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Ariane 5; Intelsat 37E & BSAT 4a Dual Payload Launch

Image credit & copyright: ESA/Arianespace. LAUNCH ALERT: UPDATE: Due to the pad abort at launch, reschedule date for this mission is unclear though planned for late-September.  I’ll re-post with times when applicable. 2017 at NA UTC (NA EDT) Arianespace will … Continue reading

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Next Station Crew is Go for Launch!

Image credit & copyright: RSC Energia. Launch Alert! Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:41 EDT (15:41 UTC) a Soyuz-FG rocket; MS-05 (ISS 51S or Soyuz 53) will be lifting off from Launch Pad 1/Launcher 5 (LC 1/5) at the legendary Baikonur … Continue reading

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Galaxy on Edge

Image credit & copyright: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Here’s a beautiful edge-on view of a spiral galaxy cataloged at NGC 5866. Located 45 million light years away in the constellation Draco, this galaxy presents us with a wonderful opportunity to … Continue reading

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Arianespace Ariane 5 Dual Payload Launch

Image credit & copyright: ESA/Arianespace. LAUNCH ALERT: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 20:59 UTC (16:59 EDT) Arianespace will launch their massive heavy lift, Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA238. This mission will deliver a dual payload of Inmarsat S-band/Hellas-Sat 3 … Continue reading

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