Merrillville Community Planetarium
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International Space Exploration

Station Tianhe

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has officially named five sites on Earth’s moon.

Farside of the Moon

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) launched a Long March 3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the Sichuan province on December 7, 2018.

JAXA Lands on Asteroid

The Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has landed 2 robot spacecraft on asteroid Ryugu.

Space Storm Hunter

The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor is the Space Storm Hunter. It was installed on the International Space Station outside the European space laboratory.

Japan Reaches Venus

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Akatsuki Climate Orbiter spacecraft to explore Venus. In 2010, a crucial engine burn to insert Akatsuki into orbit around Venus failed.


The European Space Agency’s (ESA) sent the Trace Gas Orbiter to Mars with a test module called Schiaparelli.

Netting Satellites

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Clean Space Initiative has been investigating ways to deal with dead satellites.

Chinese Craft Orbits Moon

In October 2014, the Chinese Chang’e 5-T1 spacecraft completed an 8-day mission to orbit the moon.

India Spacecraft at Mars

On September 24th, India announced their unmanned spacecraft MOM entered the orbit of Mars.

China's Moon Mission

China launched the Chang’e-3 probe on December 1st and landed on the moon in the Sea of Rainbows on December 14th.

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