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Planetary Exploration Timelines: A Look Ahead to 2016

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2015 • 19

How many planetary exploration missions are there, and where are they? These days, it's hard to keep track, because there are so many. I plan to begin the new year by taking stock of active missions, figuring out what each has set out to do and accomplished so far, but first I want to step back to consider the spread of missions across the solar system as a whole.

Preview: 2016 aboard the International Space Station

Jason Davis • December 30, 2015 • 1

A look ahead to see what's in store for the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard humanity's orbital outpost.

Two epic photos of Earth -- but which one is truer?

Emily Lakdawalla • December 29, 2015 • 1

Two images of Earth taken from different spacecraft at the same time illustrate differences in "true" color imaging among spacecraft.

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander travel safely to Baikonur

Emily Lakdawalla • December 28, 2015 • 3

Europe's second mission to Mars has begun its journey from its birthplace in Cannes to its planned arrival at Mars on October 19. Since December 17 we've been able to watch every step of its journey via Twitter.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Distant Galaxies

Adam Block • December 24, 2015

Astrophotographer Adam Block shares stunning his images of far-away spiral galaxies.

InSight's Problems: Possible Impacts

Van Kane • December 23, 2015 • 4

Van Kane details the potential repercussions of the launch delay of InSight Mars lander on the rest of NASA's Discovery mission program.

For the first time ever, a Curiosity Mastcam self-portrait from Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • December 22, 2015 • 1

In a remarkable and wholly unexpected gift to Curiosity fans, the rover has just taken the first-ever color Mastcam self-portrait from Mars.

NASA's Next Mars Mission Delayed for Two Years

Casey Dreier • December 22, 2015 • 1

A problem with the French space agency's seismometer instrument will delay NASA's InSight Mars lander by two years.

December solstice: Viewing Earth's seasonal shifts from space

Emily Lakdawalla • December 22, 2015 • 2

It's fun to watch the seasons shift from space, and as of this year we have new ways to do that.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Returns to Flight, Sticks Landing at Cape Canaveral

Jason Davis • December 21, 2015 • 2

SpaceX returned its Falcon 9 rocket to flight with flair tonight, successfully deploying 11 communications satellites after returning the rocket's first stage to Cape Canaveral for an upright landing.

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