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Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2015

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos.

Searching for the Origins of Earth’s Water

Van Kane • September 17, 2015

Three recently proposed low-cost space missions all aim to answer the same question: Where did Earth's abundant water come from?

IceBreaker: The Search for Life on Mars

Van Kane • September 08, 2015

The IceBreaker mission, proposed to NASA's Discovery program for low-cost missions, would seek out life on the northern plains of Mars.

CubeSats to the Moon

Casey Dreier • September 02, 2015

Casey interviews Dr. Craig Hardgrove about his lunar CubeSat, how it came together, and how NASA’s support for small missions are important for early career scientists like himself.

Outer Planet News

Van Kane • August 25, 2015

NASA's Outer Planet Analysis Group is currently meeting to hear the agency's current plans and to provide the feedback of the scientific community on those plans.

MERLIN: The Creative Choices Behind a Proposal to Explore the Martian Moons

Van Kane • August 10, 2015

Van Kane presents one of the three missions from the latest round of NASA Discovery proposals with the goal of exploring Mars' moons.

Proposals to Explore the Solar System’s Smallest Worlds

Van Kane • July 27, 2015

Van Kane rounds up some of the latest NASA Discovery mission proposals aiming to explore our solar system's smallest bodies.

A New Way to Prepare Samples of Mars for Return to the Earth

Casey Dreier • July 23, 2015

Mars 2020, NASA’s next and yet-to-be-named Mars rover, will be the first mission to collect and prepare samples of the martian surface for return to Earth. The rover's engineering team has proposed a new sampling caching strategy that differs from previous concepts in some interesting ways.

Mars Plans Advance (and Occasionally Fade)

Van Kane • May 08, 2015

In the last two months, there has been significant news about the European-Russian 2018 mission and about NASA’s 2020 rover. NASA also has announced that it would like to send a new orbiter to the Red Planet in the early 2020s.

How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2015

Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

The study team at JPL Will Present their Mars Program Concept at the 2015 Humans to Mars Summit

Casey Dreier • April 17, 2015

A study team at JPL will present their humans to Mars program concept at the Humans to Mars Summit and publish it as a peer-reviewed article in the New Space Journal.

Discovery Lives

Jason Callahan • April 08, 2015

Last month teams of scientists from around the United States submitted proposals for the thirteenth mission in NASA’s Discovery program. Jason Callahan discusses this latest round of proposals.

A New Path to Mars?

Casey Dreier • April 02, 2015

A new advocacy initiative for the Society: let's get humans to Mars.

Four Ideas to Bust the Floor on Outer Planet Mission Costs

Van Kane • March 26, 2015

The road to lower costs outer planet missions has been paved by NASA’s first two New Frontiers missions, the $700M New Horizons mission to Pluto and the $1.1B Juno mission to Jupiter. But can the cost of a mission to the outer solar system be cut to $450M, the limit for a Discovery mission?

Understanding why our most Earth-like neighbor, Venus, is so different

Van Kane • March 02, 2015

Van Kane introduces us to EnVision—a proposed European mission to help improve our understanding of Venus.

Why We Write to Congress

Casey Dreier • February 19, 2015

It's time to write to Congress in support of planetary exploration. Why? Because it works.

Planetary CubeSats Begin to Come of Age

Van Kane • February 17, 2015

Van Kane rounds up some recent planetary mission concepts based on CubeSat technology.

2016 Budget: Great Policy Document and Much Better Budget Plan

Van Kane • February 05, 2015

Van Kane gives a summary of the 53-page proposed Fiscal Year 2016 NASA Planetary Science budget.

Selecting the Next Creative Idea for Exploring the Solar System

Van Kane • December 01, 2014

With the release of the official Announcement of Opportunity (AO) early in November, NASA has officially begun the competition to select its next low cost ($450M) Discovery program planetary mission. Because planetary scientists are free to propose missions to any destination in the solar system other than the sun and Earth, these competitions bring out the creativity in the planetary science program.

Join me in Washington, D.C. for a post-Thanksgiving Celebration of Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • November 26, 2014

See Bill Nye, Europa scientist Kevin Hand, and Mars scientist Michael Meyer speak at a special event on Capitol Hill on December 2nd.

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