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Notes from EPSC/DPS NASA Night

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2011

It's already the last day of the DPS/EPSC meeting in Nantes, France, and I've fallen seriously behind on writing up my notes. I thought I'd get some less pleasant notes out of the way before I returned to science.

Russia's Venera-D mission (DPS-EPSC 2011)

Ted Stryk • October 05, 2011

During the afternoon poster session at the Division of Planetary Sciences / European Planetary Science Congress meeting, I had a long talk with Ludmila Zasova (IKI) about Russia's Venera-D mission to Venus.

Everybody says we need a NEO survey telescope

Emily Lakdawalla • August 30, 2011

The next thing needed by both the small bodies science community and people interested in human exploration is a space-based telescope capable of surveying (and following up on) near-Earth space for asteroids that, for a variety of reasons, haven't been found yet.

PAMELA finds some antimatter

Jason Davis • August 19, 2011

A team of international scientists has discovered an antiproton belt around the Earth, using data obtained from PAMELA, a particle identification instrument aboard a Russian Earth observation satellite.

What's up in human spaceflight: the gas station edition

Jason Davis • August 15, 2011

An update on human spaceflight, including orbital propellant depots, suborbital test flights and an Orion crew capsule test aboard a Delta IV Heavy.

Europa on the Ropes

James Wray • June 11, 2011

For now, Mars continues to eclipse Jupiter's moon Europa (shown here to scale) in NASA's flagship mission plans, but not in its appeal to many planetary scientists.

Just Released: The Planetary Science Decadal Survey for 2013-2022

Charlene Anderson • March 07, 2011

The embargo has just been lifted on the National Research Council's "Visions and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013 -- 2022 (PDF)," which sets out priorities for which planetary missions should be undertaken in next ten years.

NASA selects three new missions for New Frontiers studies

Bruce Betts • December 30, 2009

NASA has selected three finalists for the next New Frontiers mission: a Venus lander, a near Earth asteroid sample return, and a lunar Aitken basin sample return mission.

LPSC: Thursday: Rovers, Titan, Mars, Venus Express, Neptune

Ted Stryk • March 14, 2008

I spent a large portion of the day at the Lunar and Planetary Institute's library and presented my own poster during the poster sessions, so my coverage of Thursday's sessions is limited.

A billion dollars won't get you back to Enceladus or Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2007

The Outer Planets Assessment Group or OPAG met two weeks ago, and the presentations from the meeting were recently posted online.

A few words from John Spencer on the OPAG meeting

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2006

John Spencer, erstwhile guest blogger (see here and here), just sent me a few notes on the recent Outer Planets Assessment Group meeting.

OPAG, Day 1: Hot-air ballooning on Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • May 06, 2006

The next presentation at OPAG was given by Ralph Lorenz and Tom Spilker on a Titan Montgolfiere Mission Study. What's a Montgolfiere, you ask?

OPAG, Day 1: Getting to Europa

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2006

Next up at the Outer Planets Assessment Group meeting was an overview of the plans for future Europa missions.

LPSC: Thursday: The Moons of Jupiter and the future of Outer Planet Exploration

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2006

I said earlier I was going to cover the poster sessions next, and there are some cool things that I want to write about, but I thought I'd better get to something a bit more topical a bit sooner: Europa and the other Galilean satellites, and when (if!?) we'll be exploring them again.

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