Hubble discovers moon orbiting the dwarf planet Makemake
Astronomers have discovered a small dark moon orbiting the distant dwarf planet Makemake. The discovery made using NASA’s Earth orbiting Hubble Space Telescope will allow scientists to better understand Makemake’s characteristics.
Red Dragons fly to red planet
SpaceX has announced plans to fly its Dragon 2 capsule to the red planet Mars in 2018. The spacecraft to be known as the Red Dragon -- will launch on SpaceX’s new rocket -- the Falcon 9 heavy – with the aim of achieving a soft landing on the Martian surface.
First flight from new Russian spaceport
The Russian Federal Space Agency has successfully launched its first rocket from its new Vostochny Cosmodrome in the remote Amur region of Russia’s far east. The Soyuz launch vehicle carrying three satellites blasted off into clear blue skies heralding the beginning of the end for the historic Soviet Union era Baikonur Cosmodrome in the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan.
India completes its regional navigation satellite navigation network
India has successfully launched the seventh and final member of its regional satellite navigation system. The IRNSS-1G navigational satellite was blasted into a geostationary transfer orbit aboard the PSLV-C33 launch vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota province near the Bay of Bengal.
Eta Aquarids meteor shower getting underway
The usually spectacular Eta Aquarids meteor shower is now getting underway with good numbers being predicted. The Eta Aquarids is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Comet Halley.
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