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Chang'e 3 update: 6 instruments active, new fan-produced landing video

Emily Lakdawalla • December 17, 2013 • 28

Today there was a lengthy press briefing by several members of the Chang'e 3 science team. A complete transcript was posted in Chinese. I have run it through two machine translators and found it to be quite informative, not just about the mission but also about attitudes about Chinese space exploration and foreign cooperation. I also have a cool fan-produced video to share.

Europa: No Longer a "Should," But a "Must"

Casey Dreier • December 12, 2013 • 10

We've waited long enough, Europa cries out for exploration and discovery. It's time to heed that cry.

Top NASA Scientists Grapple with Budget Cuts

Casey Dreier • December 10, 2013 • 3

Ellen Stofan, NASA's Chief Scientist, and John Grunsfeld, the head of the Science Mission Directorate and a Hubble repair astronaut, highlighted recent NASA science discoveries at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.

A Protected Class of Programs at NASA?

Casey Dreier • December 10, 2013 • 8

The House Science Committee is considering giving a select few NASA programs special protected status against cancellation.

The Sorry State of Planetary Science Funding In One Chart

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2013 • 12

If you want to know why Cassini might be terminated early, or why NASA pulled out of its joint Mars mission with Europe, or why the new ASRG power source was put on indefinite hold, this chart has your answer.

The ASRG Cancellation in Context

Van Kane • December 09, 2013 • 8

ASRGs could have stretched NASA's limited supply of plutonium to potentially enable missions to the perpetually-shadowed polar craters on our moon, to flyby Uranus, or to float for months on a Titan lake.

Why We're Writing the President (& Congress) Now

Casey Dreier • December 06, 2013 • 6

Decisions about both the 2014 and 2015 budgets are happening soon.

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Bill Nye • December 05, 2013 • 17

Bill Nye writes President Obama arguing that the President should embrace a bold future of planetary exploration.

What's Going on With Planetary Science Research?

Casey Dreier • December 04, 2013 • 5

Budget cuts mixed with a new way to fund science could disproportionately impact the next generation of planetary scientists.

Call Your Representatives, Save Our Science

Andrew Rivkin • November 22, 2013 • 1

I called one of my Senators earlier today. Before that I called my representative. It was pretty easy.

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