Lots of Space Stuff!

OK – here’s a bunch of space related stuff from around the net.

The Planetary Society have revamped their website which looks a lot nicer than the old one. Their blog is always useful to keep an eye on to track news, and Planetary Radio has got to be one of the best podcasts I’ve found so far! If you listen to it, be warned, the location of the RSS feed has changed – it’s now here.

JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency, has some good and bad news. The good news are some amazing hi-res pictures of the asteroid Itokawa, the bad news is that they’ve had to abort the drop of the marker and rover onto its surface due to an “anomalous signal“.

The UK built satellite Inmarsat-4 is due for a launch from a sea platform near Christmas Island.

The ESA’s Venus Express is now due for launch on the 9th November, and good news for Mars Express, it’s Planetary Fourier Spectrometer is now working again after reporting a fault a few months ago.

Oh, and as Jason says, now is the time for the Taurids meteor shower.