Astronomy News 2015

The year 2015 is unusually rich in space exploration events with great impact on our knowledge of the Solar system. The three main events are covered in separate sections:

  Object Spacecraft Launch Arrival
1 Pluto Planet New Horizons NASA 2006-Jan-19 2015-Jul-14
2 Chury Comet Rosetta/Philae Lander ESA 2004-Mar-2 2014-Nov-12
3 Ceres Asteroid Dawn NASA 2007-Sep-27 2015-Mar-6
    Video  NASA    

 In addition to the space exploration events, also the progress in astronomy and astrobiology is remarkable in the year 2015. However, I will mention it only very briefly in the overview below.