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New Horizons enters safe mode 10 days before Pluto flyby

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/07/04 11:10 CDT | 2 comments

New Horizons decided to put on a little 4th of July drama for the mission's fans. It's currently in safe mode, and it will likely be a day or two before it recovers and returns to science, but it remains on course for the July 14 flyby. Here's the mission update in its entirety.

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Pluto's progression: Third-to-last Pluto day before encounter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/07/03 08:49 CDT | 5 comments

Only two days remain until New Horizons' historic encounter with Pluto....two Pluto days, that is. Pluto and Charon rotate together once every 6.4 days, so as New Horizons has approached the pair over the last week, we've been treated to one stately progression of all of their longitudes.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2016 CJS Bill

Posted by Jason Callahan on 2015/07/02 11:34 CDT

Congress has made good progress so far this year in moving the annual appropriations bills that fund the government. However, a looming budget battle over the sequestration and budget caps threaten to sideline progress until Congress and the White House reach agreement. Here’s the current situation.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Phones Home after Conjunction Healthy, Ready to Rove

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/07/02 12:12 CDT | 1 comment

After three weeks of being in a communications blackout on the other side of the Sun during the Earth-Mars solar conjunction, Opportunity phoned home, reporting that she is healthy and ready to continue her mission.

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LightSail Project Manager Passes Torch

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/07/01 04:02 CDT

LightSail project manager Doug Stetson, who helped bring the program from a storage shelf to low-Earth orbit, is passing the torch.

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Dawn Journal: Ceres' Intriguing Geology

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2015/06/30 12:51 CDT | 7 comments

Dawn is continuing to unveil a Ceres of mysteries at the first dwarf planet discovered. Mission Director Marc Rayman gives us an update.

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5 Steps to Preventing Asteroid Impact

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2015/06/30 12:33 CDT | 2 comments

For Asteroid Day, Bruce Betts reviews 5 steps needed to prevent asteroid impact, as well as how The Planetary Society is involved in those.

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We're moving!

Posted by Jennifer Vaughn on 2015/06/29 12:57 CDT | 1 comment

It's really happening. We're leaving our home of five years on South Grand and heading to our new home just two miles east on South Los Robles.

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SpaceX Rocket Breaks Apart En Route to International Space Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/28 09:48 CDT | 6 comments

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean during today's flight to the International Space Station.

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Of Course I Still Love You, Falcon: New SpaceX Ship Ready to Catch Rockets

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/25 02:13 CDT | 3 comments

SpaceX is gearing up for its seventh paid cargo run to the International Space Station, and the third attempt to catch the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the ocean.

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