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China's mission to the far side of the Moon will launch in December

Andrew Jones • August 16, 2018

The Chang'e-4 spacecraft will make use of a newly launched relay satellite to stay in touch with Earth.

National Academies: NASA needs a plan for Mars

Casey Dreier • August 16, 2018 • 2

Though progress is being made on Mars Sample Return, a new report from the National Academies recommends NASA have a long-term plan for robotic Mars exploration, and work to ensure communications infrastructure is maintained at the Red Planet. These recommendations largely align with those made by The Planetary Society in a report released in 2017.

Here are some recent postcards from Jupiter

Jason Davis • August 15, 2018 • 2

Let's check in on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which completed its 14th close flyby of Jupiter last month.

The Venus controversy

Adeene Denton • August 14, 2018 • 7

A lack of new missions keeps scientists guessing on what shaped the planet’s surface.

Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - July 2018

Casey Dreier • August 13, 2018

The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.

Chandrayaan-2 launch delayed to 3 January 2019

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2018

Chandrayaan-2, expected to launch in October, will now be launching no earlier than 3 January 2019, with its lander and rover touching down in February.

Hayabusa2 descends again, this time to lower than 1000 meters above Ryugu

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2018 • 1

This week Hayabusa2 completed its closest approach yet to asteroid Ryugu. In a successful gravity measurement experiment on August 6, the spacecraft dipped to within 1 kilometer of the asteroid.

Parker Solar Probe preview: 10 hot facts about NASA's cool mission to the Sun

Jason Davis • August 09, 2018 • 1

This weekend, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft leaves Earth on a mission to touch the Sun.

It's midterm evaluation time for NASA's planetary program

Casey Dreier • August 08, 2018 • 2

A new report assesses how NASA’s Planetary Science Division has implemented (or not) the top recommendations of the scientific community for the exploration of the solar system.

LightSail 2 updates: Launch date slips, environmental test complete, new video released

Jason Davis • August 08, 2018

LightSail 2's ride to space won't happen until at least November 30, as SpaceX works through a list of other payloads in line to fly first.

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