Nov. 1, 2019

80: Construction About to Begin for the Lucy Trojan Asteroid Mission

80: Construction About to Begin for the Lucy Trojan Asteroid Mission

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SpaceTime 20191101 Series 22 Episode 80


*Construction about to begin for the Lucy trojan asteroid mission

NASA’s Lucy mission to study Jupiter’s trojan asteroids has passed its final design review and has now moved into the construction phase -- bringing it one step closer to its 2021 launch date.

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*Solar Orbiter on its way to the launch pad

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft has completed its test campaign in Europe and is now on its way to Cape Canaveral ahead of its launch in February 2020.


*ESA’s climate change effort

Copernicus is the European Union's Earth observation programme. Operated by the European Space Agency – the Copernicus Sentinel satellites provide continuous monitoring of Planet Earth’s environment and how and why that’s being altered by climate change.


*No sign of India’s failed lunar lander

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has failed to find any trace of India’s Vikram lunar lander.


*November Skywatch

This month brings us three meteor showers – the November Orionids, the Taurids, and the Leonids.


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