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PHYS1160 Introduction to Astronomy and the Search for Life Elsewhere Lecture Updates The video lectures for this course were made in mid-2009. Here are some updates to some of the information in the lectures. Space Mission Status Lecture 7 gives a list of all currently operating solar system exploration missions. Of these the lunar missions Chandrayaan and Selene (Kaguya) have now completed. Kaguya was deliberately crashed into the Moon at the end of its mission in June 2009. Communication with the Chandrayaan spacecraft was lost after 312 days of operation on 21 August 2009. A new NASA spacecraft, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been in lunar orbit since June 23 2009. Mars Exploration Rover Missions In lectures 7 and 8 the Mars Exploration Rover missions (Spirit and Opportunity) are reported as still operating after 5 years on Mars. They both operated for more than 6 years. However, Spirit has become trapped in sand and all efforts to extricate it have failed. In January 2010 it was to decided to abandon further
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course CHEM 3040 taught by Professor Reddy during the Spring '10 term at Taylor's.

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