Monday 25 November 2013

Astronomy scrapbook Tuesday November 26th 2013

Look in the sky

Mercury and Saturn are just 25 arc minutes apart in the sky at 06.30 UT.

On This Day

November 26th 1959

Pioneer P-3 Mission Failure

Pioneer P-3  (also known as Atlas-Able 4 or Pioneer X) was an American mission that was intended to be a lunar orbiter probe, but failed 70 seconds after launch. The objectives were to place a highly instrumented probe in lunar orbit, to investigate the environment between the Earth and Moon,  and to develop technology for controlling and manoeuvring spacecraft from Earth.

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