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Saturday, 9 February 2019

A quick link storm: News, pictures, and videos from around the solar system...

NASA's InSight mission to study Martian geology puts the protective cap over it's seismometer, protecting from wind and other vibrations. The mission is now ready to start probing the deep underground of Mars:


The Chinese Chang'e-4 lander, and it's Yutu-2, rover are seen from lunar orbit by NASA's Lunar Reconaissience Orbiter mission. The Chinese mission already made headlines when it became the first mission to grow plants on the Moon's surface, in Lunar gravity and radiation environment:

Follow the links for a zoomable version... although, yes, they're still pretty teeny zoomed in.
In other Lunar news the Israeli company SpaceIL are set to try for the first ever private lunar landing later this month, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket:


And, speaking of SpaceX, here's a video of their gigantic new raptor engine being tested:


Thanks for reading, and have a great week everyone!

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