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An Eventful 2012

Casey Dreier • December 31, 2012

We threw a number of great events for our members and the public. Here's a list of some of my favorite, with links to ways to see or hear them yourself.

Tiptoeing Towards the Edge

Casey Dreier • December 27, 2012 • 1

NASA's Planetary Science Division looks to lose about $100 million in addition to the deep cuts already proposed for 2013.

SpaceX's Grasshopper makes leap toward reusability

Jason Davis • December 26, 2012 • 14

SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket passed its most ambitious test flight yet, rising 12 stories before hovering and settling gently back down onto its landing pad.

Pretty picture: Jupiter photo from an unusual source

Emily Lakdawalla • December 26, 2012 • 4

A recently launched Earth-observing satellite is using the stars to practice its pointing, and caught a neat animation of Jupiter.

New crew arrives at station for holidays

Jason Davis • December 21, 2012

The ISS is back to a six-person crew following the arrival of NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Roman Romanenko.

Who is the photographer behind Mars rover photos? Answer from Mark Lemmon

Mark Lemmon • December 21, 2012 • 2

A Mars imaging scientist answers the question: who is the "photographer" behind images returned from Mars?

Planetary Radio Live Celebrates Curiosity/Truly Haute Cuisine!

Mat Kaplan • December 20, 2012

Listen to or watch the webcast recorded Saturday, December 15th with MSL Project Manager Richard Cook and Project Scientist John Grotzinger. Bonus: enjoy a neat little French animation.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout, Thu Dec 20 1200PT/2000UT: Making Titan in the laboratory with Sarah Hörst

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2012 • 3

Join us for our weekly Google+ Hangout Thursday at noon PT / 2000 UT. This week, I'm excited to have as a guest Sarah Hörst. Sarah is a postdoc at the University of Colorado whose current line of research involves experimental work on the complex atmospheric chemistry of Titan. She is also applying to be an astronaut!

Mars Express VMC resumes raw data posting

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2012 • 2

ESA brought Mars Express' VMC back online in May, but hasn't been posting the images. This week, they launched a new process to release VMC images automatically to a Flickr page.

Chilly liftoff sends veteran crew into orbit

Jason Davis • December 19, 2012 • 3

Three veteran space travelers are safely in orbit following a 6:12 p.m. (7:12 a.m. EST, 1212 UTC) liftoff from Baikonur, Kazhakstan Wednesday.

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