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Israeli Beresheet Moon lander ships to Florida for mid-February launch

Jason Davis • January 22, 2019

Launch is currently set for 19 February, and Beresheet will spend two months traveling to the Moon ahead of touchdown in April.

Miseries mount as shutdown drags on

Casey Dreier • January 18, 2019 • 14

The partial government shutdown that shuttered NASA continues with no end in sight. The U.S. space program sits idle, the vast majority of its workforce sent home. Space science and exploration projects are disrupted. Paychecks are absent. And an unsettling realization has dawned on hundreds of thousands of public employees and contractors affected by the shutdown: this time is different.

Planetary Deep Drill completes second field test

Jason Davis • January 18, 2019 • 2

The work builds on a Planetary Society-sponsored test and paves the way for an ambitious expedition in Greenland this year.

Slava Linkin, 1937-2019

Louis D. Friedman • January 17, 2019

Slava Linkin, one of the leading planetary scientists in the Soviet Union and later Russia, passed away on 16 January 2019. Viachelslav Mikhailovich Linkin was an enormously important participant in Planetary Society history.

Your Guide to the Total Lunar Eclipse on 20 January

Bruce Betts • January 17, 2019 • 2

The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, the eastern Pacific Ocean, the western Atlantic Ocean, Europe, and western Africa.

Hayabusa2 team sets date for sample collection, considers two touchdown sites

Jason Davis • January 16, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft will try to collect a sample from asteroid Ryugu during the week of 18 February, mission officials said during a press briefing last week.

A few new images of MU69

Emily Lakdawalla • January 15, 2019 • 4

New Horizons is back in action after going quiet for a period of solar conjunction following the 1 January flyby of 2014 MU69 (informally nicknamed "Ultima Thule"). The spacecraft is returning new data, as exemplified by these images.

Chang'e-4 update: Both vehicles healthy, new imagery from the Moon’s far side

Jason Davis • January 11, 2019 • 2

Everything is going well 9 days after China's Chang'e-4 mission made a historic landing on the far side of the Moon, the country's space program said today.

Chang'e 4: Why the Moon's far side looks red in new images

David Rothery • January 09, 2019 • 2

In Apollo images — and to our own eyes, from Earth — the Moon is grey. What's going on?

InSight Update, sols 25-42: Seismometer sensors working!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 09, 2019 • 2

Engineers have leveled the seismometer and made progress on adjusting the position of the tether so that it doesn't interfere for the experiment. Most significantly for the mission, they have balanced the Very Broad Band sensors -- 3 of SEIS’ 6 seismic sensors -- and confirmed that they are generating good data.

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