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Chandrayaan-2 Enters Lunar Orbit

Jason Davis • August 20, 2019

The combination lander, rover, and orbiter fired its main engine to enter orbit around the Moon at 09:02 IST (03:32 UTC) on 20 August.

OSIRIS-REx Team Picks 4 Candidate Sample Sites on Asteroid Bennu

Jason Davis • August 15, 2019

The sites each have unique characteristics that would advance the field of asteroid science.

How to See LightSail 2 in the Night Sky

Jason Davis • August 14, 2019

If your latitude is within 42 degrees of the equator, there's a chance you may be able to spot LightSail 2's reflective solar sail.

Chandrayaan-2 Headed for Lunar Orbit

Jason Davis • August 13, 2019

At 02:21 IST (20:51 UTC), the spacecraft fired its main engine, changing its orbit to intersect with the Moon.

NASA, ESA Officials Outline Latest Mars Sample Return Plans

Justin Cowart • August 13, 2019

The current strategy includes the Mars 2020 rover, a lander carrying a rover and ascent vehicle, and an Earth return orbiter.

Hayabusa2 Nailed its Second Touchdown on Asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • August 12, 2019

JAXA's sample collection spacecraft touched down just 60 centimeters away from its aimpoint.

What the recent budget deal means for NASA

Casey Dreier • August 07, 2019

A bigger budgetary pie allows the space agency's budget to grow—for one year at least.

LightSail 2 Nears 2 Weeks of Solar Sailing

Jason Davis • August 06, 2019

The high point of the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth on Monday was 729 kilometers, an increase of 3.2 kilometers since sail deployment.

Lunar Orbiter Longjiang-2 Smashes into Moon

Andrew Jones • August 05, 2019

Don’t worry, this was a planned end for a tiny satellite that has been a huge success.

LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

Jason Davis • July 31, 2019

In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers.

LightSail 2 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail

Jason Davis • July 24, 2019

Images from The Planetary Society's spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 July 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).

Chandrayaan-2 Launches for the Moon

Jatan Mehta • July 22, 2019

Liftoff atop the country’s GSLV Mk III rocket occurred on 22 July at 14:43 IST (09:13 UTC).

Live Coverage: LightSail 2 Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

LightSail 2 Sail Deployment Scheduled for Tuesday

Jason Davis • July 19, 2019

The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).

LightSail 2 Team Continues Tweaks and Tests for Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 17, 2019

Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.

What the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impact Taught Us

Heidi Hammel • July 15, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, multiple fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter, changing the face of the planet and the course of planetary science.

Hayabusa2 makes second touchdown on asteroid Ryugu

Andrew Jones • July 11, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has touched down on Ryugu for a second time, bagging samples which hopefully contain material from the subsurface of the asteroid.

Planetary Society-funded Technology Picked by NASA for Possible Moon Flight

Jason Davis • July 11, 2019

PlanetVac, a technology that simplifies the process of collecting samples from other worlds, may fly to the Moon.

LightSail 2 Team to Conduct More Testing before Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • July 09, 2019

Sail deployment is now scheduled for no earlier than 21 July 2019.

What to Expect when Chandrayaan-2 Launches to and Lands on the Moon

Sridhar Narayanan • July 08, 2019

A preview guide for India's upcoming Moon mission.

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