Images: Lunar crash course; interplanetary visitors

Images: Lunar crash course; interplanetary visitors

Summary: NASA is planning to crash a water-seeking probe into the moon while ESA visits Venus. Plus, news from Mars.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • Venus Express control

    The Venus Express flight control team follows the orbit insertion manoeuvres in the main control room at ESA's Spacecraft Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

  • Spirit's last ride?

    Despite a broken wheel, the Mars Rover Spirit is crawling across the Martian landscape to find haven for the winter. Spirit is currently navigating through rough terrain to reach a hillside that gives enough sunlight to keep it running over the dark Martian winter. Currently, Spirit can operate about an hour a day over flat ground.

    Spirit is still working. This photo shows where the right wheels of Spirit were grinding in the soil, prompting NASA to backtrack the rover and attempt another route.

  • Saturn spots

    Meanwhile on Saturn: This image from the Cassini probe released Tuesday shows the horizontal cloud bands that rotate at different speeds across the giant planet. The vortices--counterparts to the east-west flowing streams--are prominent and can last for months or years.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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