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2017

SpaceIL
Second half of 2017

SpaceIL is an Isreali non-profit company competing in the international Google Lunar X Prize. Until now, only three countries have landed rovers on the Moon: the Soviet Union, the United States, and China. The aim of the Google Lunar X Prize is to encourage commercial, private sector organizations to return to the Moon by December 31st, 2017. To be successful, the winning team must safely land a rover on the Moon, have it travel 500 meters on, above, or below the surface; and transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth. So far, SpaceIL is the only team to have reached the stage of securing a verified launch contract for its spacecraft: Spaceflight Industries will be responsible for sending the Israeli rover into space using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Links:

  1. Google Lunar X Prize
  2. SpaceIL
SpaceIL Lunar Rover

Image credit: SpaceIL

Cassini Grand Finale
September 2017

In orbit around Saturn since July 2004, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be destroyed in Saturn's atmosphere in September 2017, after completing the final phase of its mission: 22 passes between the planet and its innermost ring, dubbed the Cassini Grand Finale.

Links:

  1. Cassini   NASA
  2. Cassini   JPL
  3. Ciclops - Cassini Imaging
  4. Cassini's Epic Journey At Saturn
    (Grand Finale explained)
       09.22.16
Cassini Saturn

Cassini

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