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Current planetary missions

New Horizons made the first ever flyby of Pluto and its companion Charon on July 14, 2015. It is on its way to a classical Kuiper Belt Object (KBO), which it wil encounter on Jan. 1, 2019.

Rosetta completed its mission to an active comet, 67P Churyumov-Gerasimensko, in September 2016.

The large asteroids Vesta and Ceres are the target of the Dawn mission. The spacecraft visited Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. It arrived at Ceres early in 2015.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is the latest NASA mission to the Moon and has been giving us amazing views of our nearest neighbor in space.Two good videos: Evolution of the Moon and Tour of the Moon.

Curiosity, the latest and most capable ever Mars rover, landed in August 2012. Its landing site, Gale crater, is thought to contain deposits laid down in water.

Mars Exploration Rovers. The rovers Spirit and Opportunity arrived Mars in January 2004. Although Spirit has gone quiet, Opportunity is alive and well!

Juno is in orbit about Jupiter.

Cassini is a spacecraft in orbit around Saturn. It arrived in the summer of 2004 and has given us thousands of fantastic images.It will complete its mission by plunging into Saturn in Sept. 2017.

The MESSENGER spacecraft was the first Mercury orbiter. It completed its mission in 2015.

Planetary Science

The Greenhouse Effect demonstrated in the kitchen. Here's a good explanation of how it works.

VIDEOS

Solar System Scale Model

1-Pixel Moon: another scale model

Controversy over the Moon

Gravitational Stability Theory

Planets as Moons

Io Flyby 2002

Saturn Rings Fly-By

Plate Tectonics (X-Science)

Huygens Descent Movie

Greenhouse Effect in a Bottle

Global Warming debate analyzed with a marker

Giant Collision Formation of the Moon

Another Giant Impact Video – Robin Canup

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