For the first time in 37 years with robots on the Moon. Things to look forward to:The arrival of Mangalyaan (or MOM) and MAVEN at Mars, the arrival of Curiosity at Mt. Sharp, and the launch of Hayabusa 2. And the star this year: Rosetta/Philae orbiting comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko and landing on it.
See also http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2013/20131231-whats-up-in-planetary-2014.html, which also features my chart.
Pictured here is a road sign adjacent to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida that counts down the days until launch. MAVEN is set to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket during a 20-day launch period beginning November 18. The one-year mission begins in Sept. 2014, when the spacecraft reaches Mars orbit.
Image credit: NASA
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That's how much the Apollo 15 camera just went for:
To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, you need unprecedented HD---which you can't just pick up off the shelf and buy for space travel! So, many of the teams are having to build their own new camera systems.
Moon TV---coming soon...
When I was in Abu Dhabi a few months back, one thing I was hoping to photograph were beautiful, flowing sand-dunes. What I didn't expect were little puffs of green to add to the scene! I thought they added depth and a nice focal-point to the image (and it was fun hiking on the sand-dunes at sunrise to get this shot). :)
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