While Cassini is celebrated in the popular literature for its stunning photographs of Saturn’s rings more often, its more unique contributions have advanced our understanding of the planet’s moons.
Apart from helming the International Astronomical Union, Bappu is also the only Indian so far to have a comet and an asteroid named after him.
Lucy and Psyche are a part of NASA’s Discovery Program, whose raison d’être is to explore our planetary neighbourhood using “faster, better, cheaper” missions.
The ambitious seven-year mission will visit the asteroid Bennu and bring back samples scientists think might contain the building blocks of life.
The next decade will see a remarkable mix of countries and companies getting involved. Plans include taking humans from low-Earth orbit back to the moon and even an asteroid in the 2020s.
Pluto was embraced as the solar system’s ninth planet upon discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930