China launches Tianhui 1C, and other spacecraft news

Tianhui 1C, a mapping satellite built for the same basic mission as the Landsat series, launched from Jiuquan Space Center on Monday, aboard a Long March 2D rocket:

In other spacecraft news, Dawn is moving into its final orbit around Ceres, a low one which hopefully will finally answer the many questions that have been raised about Occator Crater and other strange features of this surprisingly peculiar world.

And Cassini is preparing to dive closer than ever to Enceladus.  Tomorrow, the spacecraft will plunge deep into the water vapor plumes above Enceladus, directly sampling them.  This will not be its closest pass to Enceladus (that was the last pass) but it will be the closest that passes through the plumes.  Should be exciting!


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