A little while ago the Progress MS-2 spacecraft blasted off atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. After about ten minutes it separated successfully from the rocket’s last stage and was placed on its route. The cargo spacecraft has started its resupply mission to the International Space Station also called Progress 63. The spacecraft was launched in the route that requires two days of travel.
At the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held last week in The Woodlands, Texas, the latest news about the mountains of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons, were presented. NASA also presented the progress made in creating maps of this moon, a task that has to face a number of problems. All these works are based on data collected by the Cassini space probe.
At the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held last week in The Woodlands, Texas, new results were presented of the analyzes of data collected about the dwarf planet Ceres by NASA’s Dawn space probe. Some of the mission scientists presented a new color map of Ceres surface and new highly detailed pictures of Occator crater, famous for the presence of the largest among the white spots, but also other interesting craters, especially Oxo, where water was found.
The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft, launched on March 23, has just reached the International Space Station and was captured by the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Astronaut Tim Kopra, assisted by his colleague Tim Peake, will soon begin the slow maneuver that will move the Cygnus until it docks with the Station’s Harmony node after about two hours.
An article accepted for publication in the journal “Astrophysical Journal” describes the shock wave generated by a supernova observation, captured for the first time at visible light due to strong flash that generates when erupts from the star’s surface. An international team directed by astrophysicist Peter Garnavich of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana analyzed data collected by the Kepler space telescope about 50 trillion stars to make this discovery.