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Current Astronomical Spacecraft


The following spacecraft are currently being used for astronomical research. In Earth orbit: WISE, SDO, Hubble, MOST, COROT, AKARI, Chandra, XMM-Newton,Suzaku, Rossi XTE, MAXI, Fermi, Integral, Koronas-Foton, TRACE, SORCE,RHESSI, Hinode, ESA Soloar package, IZBEX, Resurs-DK.

Beyond Earth Orbit. Orbiting the moon: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Orbiting the sun: Kepler, Spitzer, STEREO A and B. Heading toward planets: Messenger (to Mercury), New Horizons (to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt). At planets: Spirit, Opportunity, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Venus Express, Cassini.Orbiting a Lagrangian point: SOHO, ACE, WMAP, Planck, Herschel. Flying past asteroids or comets: Hayabusa, Rosetta, EPOXI, Stardust, Dawn. Exiting the solar system: Voyager 1 and 2.

Based on data from Jonathan McDowell. see or Sky & Telescope, February 2010 p.16.


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