Oct. 8, 2021

Bepi-Colombo’s Mercury Flyby Underway

Bepi-Colombo’s Mercury Flyby Underway

The Astronomy, Technology, and Space Science News Podcast.

SpaceTime Series 24 Episode 114

*Bepi-Colombo’s Mercury flyby underway


As we go to air the joint European Space Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency BepiColombo mission to Mercury is undertaking the first of six flybys of its destination planet as it uses the tiny world’s gravity assist to slow down enough to eventually achieve orbit insertion in 2025.

*Jupiter hit by something big

Citizen scientists observing the gas giant Jupiter on September 13 got more than they expected when they witnessed a giant flash as something big suddenly slammed into the planet.

*New spy satellite lost in space

Beijing has now confirmed the failure of a new classified military spy satellite that was spotted flying over Australia’s East coast last week.

*October SkyWatch

The Alpha Centauri star system, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, and three meteor showers are among the highlights of the October night skies on Sky Watch. 

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