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Forty years after Apollo 17's final footsteps

Andrew Chaikin • December 14, 2012 • 2

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the last human footsteps on the Moon. In my latest video I look back at Apollo 17 and explain why I believe the Moon is the solar system's "jewel in the crown," beckoning us to return.

How GRAIL will meet its end

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2012 • 2

The twin GRAIL spacecraft are nearly out of fuel, and are being directed to a controlled impact near the north pole on the near side of the Moon on December 17. Before the end, though, they did some cool things, including flying within 2000 meters of mountaintops, and catching video of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in flight.

Planetary Society Hangout Thursday noon PT / 2000 UT: GRAIL's Demise, Curiosity Arrives, and the 2020 Rover Surprise

Casey Dreier • December 13, 2012 • 3

Join us for our weekly hangout and catch up on GRAIL, Curiosity, and the future Mars rover.

Making an ugly rock beautiful

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2012 • 1

Today I stumbled upon the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Lunar Sample Atlas, and was reminded of how much I love petrographic thin sections. They can make unassuming, cruddy looking rocks beautiful.

PlanetVac: Sucking Up Planetary Regolith

Bruce Betts • October 30, 2012 • 3

Learn about the Planetary Society’s newest project: PlanetVac, with Honeybee Robotics, aims to prototype and test in a huge vacuum chamber a new way to sample planetary surfaces that could be used for sample return or for in situ instruments.

Pretty Picture: Eagle's Landing

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2012

Amateur image processor Tom Dahl's spectacularly high-resolution version of Buzz Aldrin's panoramic view of the Apollo 11 landing site.

A True Pioneer of the Science and Art of Flight

John M. Logsdon • August 27, 2012

Although Neil Armstrong may have passed away, his name will be part of human history forever.

Cosmoquest Science Hangout Wednesday August 1: Mihály Horányi, lunar dust expert

Jason Davis • July 30, 2012

I'll be guest hosting this week's Cosmoquest Science Hangout on Wednesday, August 1. The show starts at 2300 UTC, and my special guest is Mihály Horányi.

Hold the Moon in Your Hands

Emily Lakdawalla • June 12, 2012 • 5

Sky & Telescope and Replogle Globes teamed up to take advantage of the fabulous new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image mosaic of the Moon to make an equally fabulous new Moon globe.

3D view of an unnamed lunar crater

Emily Lakdawalla • May 03, 2012

Grab your red-blue 3D glasses and dive in to this small but spectacular unnamed lunar crater as seen in a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photo.

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