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Name some probes that were sent into outer space.

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astrosonuthird | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM via web

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Name some probes that were sent into outer space.

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techie4ever | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM (Answer #1)

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A probe is an unmanned vehicle, such as a satellite, equipped to obtain scientific information about the solar system.  Historically, Europe, the United States of America and Russia have been active in launching probes into space.  Below is a list of some interesting probes.  Use the attached link for more detailed information on individual spacecraft.

Comets
Rosetta: explore comets; launched on 2nd March 2004; destination in ten years.
Stardust:  Launched Feb 7, 1999; sample collection.

Asteroids 
Near Shoemaker: launched February 17, 1996; it landed on an asteroid.
Dawn - launched on 27 September, 2007 to visit asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres

Jupiter 
Galileo: First Jupiter Orbiter.  Launched by the Space Shuttle on 18th October, 1989
Pioneer 10:  First to go into the asteroid belt; launched March 2, 1972
Juno: Launched on August 5, 2011

Moon
Grail (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory): mapping moons interior; launched 2011

Sun
SOHO: Solar and Heliospheric Observatory; takes first-light images of the Sun for analysis of solar activity and coronal composition.
Ulysses: Joint project of the ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) of the USA

Beyond Kupiers Belt
Voyager: 1 and 2 travel outside our solar system

Space Landers:
Viking: consisted of two unmanned space missions to Mars: Viking 1 and Viking 2.  Viking 1 was launched on 20 August 1975 and Viking 2 was launched on 9 September 1975

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