BepiColombo MPO magnetometer boom deployed; Mars Express keeps an eye on curious cloud; Hubble: The ghost of Cassiopeia

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MISSION NEWS AS OF FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER 2018
+ BEPICOLOMBO MPO MAGNETOMETER BOOM DEPLOYED
The 2.5 m long boom carrying the magnetometer sensors onboard ESA's BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) has been successfully deployed. The sensors are now prepared to measure the magnetic field on the way to Mercury. Moreover, they have already returned their first data – recording the magnetic field change as the boom moved away from the slightly magnetized body of the spacecraft into its deployed position.
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+ MARS EXPRESS KEEPS AN EYE ON CURIOUS CLOUD
Since 13 September, ESA's Mars Express has been observing the evolution of an elongated cloud formation hovering in the vicinity of the 20 km-high Arsia Mons volcano, close to the planet's equator.
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+ THE GHOST OF CASSIOPEIA [HEIC1818]
About 550 light-years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia lies IC 63, a stunning and slightly eerie nebula. Also known as the ghost of Cassiopeia, IC 63 is being shaped by radiation from a nearby unpredictably variable star, Gamma Cassiopeiae, which is slowly eroding away the ghostly cloud of dust and gas.
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