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When Space Science Becomes a Political Liability

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2018 • 3

John Culberson, an 8-term Texas Republican and staunch supporter the search for life on Europa, lost his re-election bid last week. His support for Europa was attacked by opponents and could send a chilling political message about the consequences of supporting space science and exploration.

Hayabusa2 prepares for holiday break as Sun passes between Earth and asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • November 15, 2018

The spacecraft will spend the end of 2018 a safe distance from Ryugu, as the Sun's position makes communications with Earth spotty.

Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2018

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2018

Welcome to my 10th annual list of recommended space books for kids! Fiction, nonfiction, biography; poetry, prose, and pictures; it's all here.

What to Expect When InSight Lands on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2018 • 3

If all goes well, anxious space fans on Earth will learn of a successful InSight landing on Mars on Monday, 26 November 2018, at 19:53 UTC. Here's a preview of all the landing day events.

How I created a Jupiter rotation video using Hubble data

Judy Schmidt • November 09, 2018 • 1

Judy Schmidt shares the technique she used to make a beautiful new animation of Jupiter.

Here's (almost) everything you need to know about Israel's Moon lander

Jason Davis • November 08, 2018 • 1

SpaceIL, a privately funded Israeli non-profit, will attempt to land a small spacecraft on the Moon in early 2019.

What the 2018 midterms mean for NASA and planetary science

Casey Dreier • November 07, 2018 • 2

The 2018 midterms swept away a number of NASA advocates in Congress, though looming budgetary battles may end up having more direct impacts on space than any one elected official.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: NASA Green-Lights Team to Continue Opportunity Recovery Plan into 2019

A.J.S. Rayl • November 05, 2018 • 3

October came and went without a beep from Opportunity, silence that was still no surprise for some, but a little discouraging for other members of the rover team.

Farewell, Kepler

Jason Davis • October 30, 2018 • 4

NASA's Kepler space telescope helped us find our place in the cosmos.

LightSail 2 launch pushed to early 2019

Jason Davis • October 29, 2018 • 1

An Air Force official says an ‘initial launch capability’ is being reassessed.

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