They say outer space is a lonely place, but a new chart shows that some regions have gotten a bit crowded. It purports to show the positions of all the space probes now at work snapping photos and collecting data in our solar system.
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A diagram, updated once a month, of active space missions beyond Earth orbit.
The map was created by Olaf Frohn, a blogger for the Planetary Society. Using data from NASA, Frohn has updated the map monthly since 2010 to reflect changes in the probes' positions and to point out new launch and flyby dates.
"This month's events are the arrival of MAVEN and Mars Orbiter Mission at Mars, and of course the ongoing excitement at Churyumov-Gerasimenko," Frohn wrote on his blog "Armchair Astronautics," referring to U.S. and Indian missions to the red planet and the European Space Agency's project to land on a comet.