spacetoday.net: space news from around the web

ExoLance
Chinese spacecraft flies past asteroid Toutatis
Posted: Sun, Dec 16, 2012, 10:54 AM ET (1554 GMT)
Chang'e-2 images of Toutatis during December 2012 flyby A Chinese spacecraft originally launched to orbit the Moon flew past and successfully returned images of the near Earth asteroid Toutatis this week. Chang'e-2 passed by Toutatis on December 13, with its closest approach at a distance of only 3.2 kilometers at 3:30 am EST (0830 GMT, 4:30 pm Beijing time) that day. The spacecraft returned several images of the asteroid from the flyby. China launched Chang'e-2 in October 2010 as a lunar orbiter, and it studied the Moon from orbit until June 2011, when it departed orbit to travel to the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrange point, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, making it the first Chinese spacecraft to travel beyond the vicinity of the Moon. The spacecraft left L2 earlier this year to make a flyby of Toutatis.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
MAVEN enters Mars orbit
Posted: Mon, Sep 22 8:32 AM ET (1232 GMT)

Falcon 9 launches Dragon cargo spacecraft
Posted: Sun, Sep 21 7:10 AM ET (1110 GMT)

Dawn glitch to delay spacecraft's arrival at Ceres
Posted: Sat, Sep 20 3:53 PM ET (1953 GMT)

news links
Monday, September 22
Spotlight | Innovative Solutions in Space BV
Space News — 9:27 pm ET (0127 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list