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Dawn Journal: 10 Years in Space

Marc Rayman • October 04, 2017

A decade after leaving its first home in the solar system, Dawn is healthy and successful at its current residence around Ceres.

A new year's worth of Mars Orbiter Mission data

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2017

India's Mars Orbiter Mission has now completed three years in orbit at Mars, and ISRO celebrated the anniversary by releasing the mission's second-year data to the public. Emily Lakdawalla spent a week downloading and processing data for your enjoyment.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Braves Onset of Winter to Picture Perseverance

A.J.S. Rayl • October 02, 2017

The Martian winter began to grip Endeavour Crater in September, slowing Opportunity's pace. But she braved the brutal cold in Perseverance Valley and followed her commands to visually document everything in sight.

Your guide to future total solar eclipses

Bruce Betts • October 02, 2017

Bruce Betts provides a guide to all total solar eclipses through the end of the 2020s, with dates and locations.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk updates Mars colonization plans

Jason Davis • September 29, 2017

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented an updated version of his Mars colonization plans today, during a widely anticipated talk at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

Earth flyby tests OSIRIS-REx's cameras

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2017

As expected, OSIRIS-REx's Earth flyby on September 22 was a success. The mission is slowly releasing beautiful images of our home worlds taken by its many cameras following the flyby.

Is Mars habitable? With the right technologies, yes

Max Fagin • September 28, 2017

Making Mars habitable will require us to master the conversion of raw Martian materials into resources we can use to survive. Fortunately, Mars has a wealth of usable materials, making it one of the most human-habitable places in the solar system, other than Earth itself.

Fall 2017 issue of The Planetary Report now available

Donna Stevens • September 27, 2017

The Fall 2017 issue of The Planetary Report is in the mail and available online now to our members!

Review: 'Discovery' is a bold, new addition to the Star Trek franchise

Jason Davis • September 25, 2017

In a review of Star Trek: Discovery, Jason Davis says he expected Discovery to be a cross between Enterprise and the new reboot movies. Instead, the show turned out to be something else entirely.

NASA, international partners consider solar sail for Deep Space Gateway

Anatoly Zak • September 25, 2017

A Canadian Space Agency proposal would install a solar sail on the outside of the Deep Space Gateway, a miniature space station in lunar orbit.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4857

Larry Crumpler • September 22, 2017

Opportunity is continuing its drive down Perseverance Valley, a possible channel that was cut in the inner wall of the 22 km-diameter Endeavour impact crater on ancient Mars.

An honor from The Open University

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2017

Today in London, Emily Lakdawalla was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University by The Open University.

Meet two astronaut candidates who can help NASA do science on other worlds

Jason Davis • September 21, 2017

Two of NASA's new astronaut candidates are particularly suited to conduct scientific research on other worlds: Zena Cardman, a geobiologist, and Jessica Watkins, a geologist.

In Appreciation of Kim Poor

Donna Stevens • September 20, 2017

We at The Planetary Society are saddened to hear about the recent passing of veteran space artist Kim Poor.

How did China decide where to land its upcoming Moon missions?

Phil Stooke • September 20, 2017

How were the Chang'e 5 and 4 landing sites chosen? Space exploration historian Phil Stooke explains.

OSIRIS-REx Earth flyby: What to Expect

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2017

OSIRIS-REx launched on September 8, 2016. Now, a year later, it's returning to its home to get a second boost on to its destination, the asteroid Bennu. It'll test all its cameras on Earth and the Moon in the 10 days after the flyby.

Cassini: The dying of the light

Emily Lakdawalla • September 15, 2017

Cassini is no more. At 10:31 according to its own clock, its thrusters could no longer hold its radio antenna pointed at Earth, and it turned away. A minute later, it vaporized in Saturn’s atmosphere. Its atoms are part of Saturn now.

Curiosity update, sols 1726-1813: Surveying Vera Rubin Ridge from below

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2017

Curiosity had a productive three months driving along the front of Vera Rubin Ridge, gathering photos and data with its arm instruments, finally driving up on to the ridge on sol 1809.

And then there was one

Jason Davis • September 11, 2017

The end of the Cassini mission is a harbinger for a looming gap in outer planets exploration missions.

What to expect during Cassini's final hours

Emily Lakdawalla • September 11, 2017

A timeline of what to expect from the great mission during its final hours.

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