Scientists from the Space Sciences Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science take you "behind the stories" using the best images and animation available to help understand the latest developments.
November 2015 – All Mission News All the Time with Steve Lee!
Steve begins by bringing us up to date on the latest from the surface of Mars. Opportunity has positioned itself on the northern slopes of Marathon Valley where it will spend the coming Martian winter. By tilting its solar arrays towards the Sun, it can increase the power output and continue operations during the long Martian winter. Meanwhile, on the other side of Mars, Curiosity continues its trek towards higher layers of Mt. Sharp. On this journey Curiosity will take advantage of the chance to study some modern Martian activity at mobile sand dunes.
Next up, Steve leaves the surface of Mars for a look at the MAVEN mission. Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment that might have supported surface life to the cold, arid planet Mars is today.
Researchers are continuing to analyze data returned from New Horizon's Pluto encounter. From possible ice volcanoes to geologically diverse surfaces to oddly behaving moons that could have formed through mergers of smaller moons, Pluto system discoveries continue to surprise scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission team.
Next up, Steve looks at the Dawn mission. The stalwart probe completed a high altitude mapping orbit of Ceres. Scientists will use this data to help them further understand some of the curious aspects of the dwarf planet such as the bright regions and the puzzling number and distribution of craters.
Finally, NASA recently marked 15 years of continuous space station occupation. Steve brings us the latest news from the station including stunning images from a recent spacewalk.
Steve Lee - Mars Rovers Opportunity and Curiosity
Steve Lee - Maven, New Horizons and Dawn Mission Updates
Steve Lee - International Space Station Anniversary
Links to Steve’s stories:
Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Hits Winter Slopes at Marathon Valley
Curiosity update, sols 1109-1165: Drilling at Big Sky and Greenhorn, onward to Bagnold Dunes
NASA Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere
At Pluto, New Horizons Finds Geology of All Ages, Possible Ice Volcanoes, Insight into Planetary Origins
Dawn Mission Blog
NASA marks 15 years of space station occupation
Spacewalk snapshots show recent station EVAs
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