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What to expect when Hayabusa2 collects a sample from Ryugu

Jason Davis • February 19, 2019

More than 4 years after launch and a half year surveying asteroid Ryugu, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is ready for sample collection.

What to expect when Beresheet launches to (and lands on) the Moon

Jason Davis • February 18, 2019

Launch day is almost here for the small lunar lander built by Israeli non-profit SpaceIL.

NASA just got its best budget in a decade

Casey Dreier • February 15, 2019 • 6

After months of unrelated political turmoil, multiple stop-gap spending bills, and an unprecedented government shutdown, NASA's 2019 budget was finally signed into law.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update Special Report: NASA Declares Opportunity and MER Mission “Complete”

A.J.S. Rayl • February 14, 2019 • 3

At around 8 pm February 12, 2019, Pacific Standard Time (PST), the final commands were transmitted to Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover that defied all odds

Planetary Radio: 10 Must-Listen Episodes About Space Exploration

MaryLiz Bender • February 13, 2019

The Planetary Society staff has selected our top ten favorite episodes of Planetary Radio. Listen now.

Touchdown for InSight's Heat Probe

Emily Lakdawalla • February 12, 2019 • 2

InSight has gone two for two, placing the second of its instruments gently on the Martian ground.

Looking Back at MU69

Emily Lakdawalla • February 08, 2019 • 1

A crescent view of MU69 reveals its bizarre shape. Let's look at lots of other fun-shaped space crescents.

Stunning new images show what the Chang'e-4 mission has been up to

Andrew Jones • February 07, 2019 • 2

Chang’e-4 is sending home brilliant footage from its various spacecraft, while also being snapped by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Curiosity Update, Sols 2257-2312: Drilling at Rock Hall and Arrival at the Valley of Clay

Emily Lakdawalla • February 06, 2019 • 1

Curiosity completed work at Vera Rubin Ridge with an easy drilling activity at Rock Hall. Now it has finally driven on to mineral-rick rocks that were seen from orbit, long before Curiosity arrived. The team plans a lengthy traverse of the clay-bearing unit.

So long, MarCO, and thanks for the radio transmissions

Jason Davis • February 05, 2019

NASA says it does not expect to receive any more transmissions from the MarCO CubeSats that accompanied Insight to Mars last year.

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