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Funpost! A funny thing happened on the way to the Moon

Jason Davis • April 12, 2018

A few ripping good yarns from 1969. And a truly terrifying cartoon.

Diving into Juno JIRAM data archives

Björn Jónsson • April 11, 2018

The Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument can obtain images in two infrared bands. JIRAM can see the nightside of Jupiter (including the winter pole) and takes spectacular animations.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Presses On in Perseverance, Pace Picks Up

A.J.S. Rayl • April 11, 2018

In the west rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity continued her exploration of Perseverance Valley in March.

Seeing InSight

Emily Lakdawalla • April 10, 2018

Last week, I received a golden ticket that gave me rare access to a sacred space: the cleanroom facility where NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, is undergoing final preparations for launch.

The March Equinox 2018 issue of The Planetary Report is here!

Donna Stevens • April 09, 2018

The March Equinox 2018 issue of The Planetary Report has mailed and Planetary Society members can download their digital copy.

Preview: NASA's TESS prepares for 2-year exoplanet hunting mission

Jason Davis • April 09, 2018

The spacecraft is expected to discover 50 new Earth-sized planets and as many as 500 planets smaller than twice the size of Earth.

#LPSC2018: What the Moon's craters tell us about Earth's past climate

Sriparna Saha • April 08, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that studying craters on the Moon can tell us about ancient Earth.

Preview of the InSight Mars launch

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2018

NASA’s next planetary launch is coming up, as soon as May 5, 2018. This post is your one-stop shop for information about InSight’s launch, cruise, and expected mission to Mars.

Funpost! A milk commercial in space

Jason Davis • April 05, 2018

That time the Russians filmed a milk commercial aboard the Mir space station.

A new storm on Saturn!

Emily Lakdawalla • April 03, 2018

On March 29, vigilant astronomer Maciel Bassani Sparrenberger discovered that a new bright spot had broken out in Saturn's high northern latitudes.

Moon Monday: Galileo's Galileans

Emily Lakdawalla • April 02, 2018

This week it seems fitting to feature a portrait of the Galilean moons by Galileo.

Dawn Journal: The Final Countdown

Marc Rayman • April 02, 2018

The Dawn mission has only one revolution to go before the spacecraft begins the final campaign of its long and rewarding deep-space adventure.

#LPSC2018: Understanding early Mars through fluvial features

Adeene Denton • April 02, 2018

One of the ways we understand Mars' early climatic and geologic history is through preserved fluvial features.

#LPSC2018: Groovy Galilean satellites

Harriet Brettle • March 30, 2018

The Jovian system is a busy place. The Groovy Galilean Satellites session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) covered analysis of past mission data, testable hypotheses for future missions, and discussion of the use of ground-based data.

#LPSC2018: Fungi in the lab, hot springs frozen cold, and exploding lakes

Emily Lakdawalla • March 29, 2018

The first astrobiology session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference featured talks on a huge variety of interesting topics, and was one of my favorite sessions at the meeting.

ISS partners consider ambitious lunar sample return mission

Anatoly Zak • March 29, 2018

The plan involves NASA's proposed Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, and a return to Earth via the Orion spacecraft.

Thursday Funpost! Excerpts from the new book Rocket Billionaires

Jason Davis • March 29, 2018

Did you know NASA required SpaceX to carry life insurance for Elon Musk?

#LPSC2018: Collaborative notes from conference sessions

Emily Lakdawalla • March 28, 2018

At last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, I tried a new experiment: collaborating with other attendees to take a shared set of notes.

How the heck did NASA (and science) get such a good 2018 budget?

Jason Davis • March 28, 2018

Congress outright rejected most of the Trump administration's controversial science cuts.

JWST heads once more unto the breach, dear friends

Casey Dreier • March 27, 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope will miss its target launch date and cost more money than expected, NASA announced.

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