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NASA goes to the Sun, pictures from around the solar system, and how Akatsuki got to Venus.....

12 Dec 2015, 17:29 UTC
NASA goes to the Sun, pictures from around the solar system, and how Akatsuki got to Venus.....
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NASA's mission to the Sun passes critical design reviewThere's been a lot of amazing science done by space platforms observing the Sun from a safe distance. But at some point you have to get stuck in there - and NASA agrees which is why they're sending the Solar Probe Plus mission to get closer to the Sun than any spacecraft before.Above: The Sun. Here's why we don't give too much AI to space probes: NASA "Hey, why don't you fly into that?" Over AI'd space probe: "No." End of mission to the Sun.How Akatsuki's engineers used an 'inspired hack' to get it into Venus orbitThe spirit of McGyver and Scotty must have been hanging about with JAXA engineers over the last year, because after their Akatsuki probe had an engine breakdown they used some audacious space navigation and engine hacks to get their ship where it wanted to go anyway. My fellow space geek and pro blogger Emily Lakdewalla explains how.Above: He cannae change the laws of physics... unless, y'know, there might be a pay rise in it captain?BBC has a good breakdown of future missions to EnceladusThis tiny moon has stunned the science community by turning out to hold a potentially habitable ...

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