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Your hypothetical questions, answered: SpaceX prepares to refly rocket booster

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/28 06:00 CDT | 5 comments

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster recovered by a drone ship last year will be reflown later this week, marking what could be a new milestone in the quest for affordable spaceflight.

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New treasures from Juno: Jupiter dazzles during fourth close approach

Posted by Björn Jónsson on 2017/03/27 02:00 CDT | 1 comment

Image processor Björn Jónsson shares some of his latest stunning images of Jupiter, created using data from NASA's Juno spacecraft.

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Juno just flew past Jupiter for the fifth time. What have we learned from the mission so far?

Posted by Anna Scott on 2017/03/27 06:00 CDT | 3 comments

There's no verdict quite yet on the giant planet's core, and scientists are still gathering clues about the accuracy of our current solar system formation models.

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Here's our exhaustive guide to Trump's 392-word NASA budget

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2017/03/23 04:05 CDT | 10 comments

We break down every sentence from Trump's new NASA budget, so you don't have to.

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A repeat of the space shuttle's bold test flight? NASA considers crew aboard first SLS mission

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/23 09:37 CDT | 4 comments

NASA has only flown astronauts aboard a rocket's first flight once, when John Young and Bob Crippen took space shuttle Columbia on the boldest test flight in history. What are the risks of repeating the feat for SLS?

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Unraveling a Martian enigma: The hidden rivers of Arabia Terra

Posted by Joel Davis on 2017/03/21 11:01 CDT

Arabia Terra has always been a bit of a martian enigma. Planetary scientist Joel Davis takes us on a tour of its valley networks and their significance in telling the story of water on Mars.

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Signed, sealed but not delivered: LightSail 2 awaits ship date

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/20 06:00 CDT | 1 comment

Following a pre-ship review at Planetary Society headquarters, LightSail 2 is ready to be integrated with its Prox-1 partner spacecraft. The final shipping schedule, however, has yet to be determined.

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Trump's first budget proposal is out. Here's how NASA fared

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/16 07:08 CDT | 16 comments

NASA escaped a large-scale budget slash, and planetary science fared well. ARM is canceled, the Moon-versus-Mars debate is not mentioned, and Earth science stands to lose some missions.

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Postcard from Kentucky: Space in the Bluegrass State

Posted by Wayne Hall on 2017/03/16 06:00 CDT

In Kentucky, some very driven people are writing their own chapter of space exploration based on vision, entrepreneurial risk, and scientific and engineering know-how. Wayne Hall shares their stories.

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Nerds Solving Problems - NSTA 2017, Los Angeles

Posted by Bill Nye on 2017/03/14 10:57 CDT

Every year, teachers and educators gather by the thousands at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference. We at The Planetary Society will be there again this year to share our love of space science and exploration with the people who are shaping the future—people like you.

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