Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana

Unmanned Spacecraft

Opportunity Mission Complete

After fourteen years on Mars, NASA’s second Mars Exploration Rover called Opportunity has gone silent. There has been no communication for eight months, since June 10, 2018.

V'gers Out of Solar System

Voyager 2 has now joined Voyager 1 in the vast area of interstellar space. Voyagers are no longer affected by the Sun’s gravity or solar winds.

Dawn & Kepler End Missions

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope mission has ended by running out of fuel. Launched in 2009, Kepler has discovered thousands of exoplanets.

New Horizons to Ultima Thule

After public voting, the distant object in the Kuiper Belt, officially named 2014 MU69, has been given the nickname of Ultima Thule.

Image Awakens

NASA’s spacecraft IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) was launched in 2000 to study Earth’s magnetosphere. It mysteriously went silent in 2005, ending its mission.

Send Your Name to the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) will be launched in the summer of 2018. Its mission is to go where no spacecraft has gone before.

CME Warning Spacecraft

The solar wind is a stream of electrically charged atomic particles continuously flowing outward from the Sun in all directions.

Voyagers

Voyager 1 is currently 13 billion miles from Earth and still traveling. NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is the only spacecraft that reached interstellar space.

UKube-1 Completes Mission

The United Kingdom is the miniature space tech pioneer. The United Kingdom space program, called the UK Space Agency, developed the first CubeSat called UKube-1.

Enceladus Revisited

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft at Saturn is revisiting the icy moon Enceladus. Scientists are trying to figure out the history of this unusual moon.

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