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The Many Names of WFIRST

Posted by Jason Rhodes on 2016/08/10 08:01 CDT | 3 comments

NASA’s next big “flagship” astronomy mission, following the ambitious James Webb Space Telescope due to be launched in 2018, is currently known as the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)—but it's had a slew of different names.

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Yutu is NOT dead (probably)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/08/10 07:48 CDT | 2 comments

Despite what you may have read on other websites last week, China's Yutu lunar rover is probably still functional on the surface of the Moon.

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JunoCam raw data from the Juno approach movie

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/08/09 03:03 CDT | 1 comments

As it approached Jupiter from June 12 to 29, JunoCam captured an animation of the major moons orbiting the planet. The mission released a processed version of the animation on the day of orbit insertion, but took a few weeks to release the raw image data. I've prepared a page hosting all the raw data, and share a few processed versions.

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Half the Park is After Dark: Stargazers Celebrate U.S. National Parks Centennial

Posted by CaLisa Lee on 2016/08/08 06:00 CDT

On August 25th, 2016, the U.S. National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial. That’s 100 years of protecting the lands and the night skies so that people from around the world and all walks of life can come and see the stars!

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Back to school: LightSail 2 and Prox-1 provide unique experience for university students

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/08/08 06:00 CDT

From Cal Poly to Georgia Tech, university students working on SmallSat projects gain critical real-world spaceflight experience, preparing them for promising careers in the space industry.

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We’re building the STEAM Team!

Posted by Kate Howells on 2016/08/05 04:25 CDT

We know, as well as you do, that if we want to see a great future – one where humans explore, understand, and benefit from space – we need to invest right now in the people who will be leading the way. To empower the world’s youth, we need to educate them. And to educate them, we need to inspire them.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Nears End of Marathon Valley Tour, Team Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Viking
Sols 4422 - 4451

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/08/03 01:33 CDT | 1 comments

Despite the intensifying rancor and ugliness of the U.S. Presidential campaigns on Earth, as the spring Sun shined down on Meridiani Planum in July, all was right with the world at Endeavour Crater.

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On A Mission to Explore! Choosing A Theme for Our Membership Experience

Posted by Mark Hilverda on 2016/08/02 02:24 CDT

Selecting a theme for our reinvented membership experience involved hundreds of people from staff to members. Here's the process that created the names for the new membership levels.

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Hubble Series 1: How to Find Hubble Data

Posted by Judy Schmidt on 2016/08/02 08:18 CDT

Processing Hubble data presents a host of challenges, and the first of these has nothing to do with processing at all.

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‘Apollo on steroids’: The rise and fall of NASA’s Constellation moon program
From 2005 through 2009, the space agency strove to recapture the glory of the space race—with less than half the funding

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/08/01 07:53 CDT | 18 comments

In part 2 of our series on the evolution of NASA's Journey to Mars, Michael Griffin gives the Constellation moon program a new look in an attempt to shorten America's International Space Station access gap after the space shuttles retire. But by 2009, the program is behind schedule and over budget.

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Dawn Journal: Staying at Ceres

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2016/07/30 01:19 CDT | 9 comments

The official end of Dawn's prime mission was June 30, but the valiant adventurer began its "extended mission" of performing more Ceres observations without missing a beat.

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What's up in the solar system, August 2016 edition: Juno to get Jupiter close-ups, Rosetta descending, road-tripping rovers

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/07/29 02:35 CDT | 5 comments

This month we'll finally see JunoCam's first high-resolution images of Jupiter. We'll also see OSIRIS-REx making progress toward its September 8 launch. Both rovers are road-tripping at Mars, while ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed a major mid-course correction ahead of its October arrival.

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Field Report From Mars: Sol 4410 - June 20, 2016

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2016/07/28 08:02 CDT | 1 comments

Opportunity is finishing up its activities in Marathon Valley, getting ready to hit the road again.

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Summer 2016 issue of The Planetary Report

Posted by Donna Stevens on 2016/07/27 03:22 CDT

The Summer 2016 issue of The Planetary Report is in the mail! Planetary Society members who want a head start on reading can access the electronic version.

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MAVEN Status and Extended-Mission Planning

Posted by Bruce Jakosky on 2016/07/27 03:17 CDT | 1 comments

The MAVEN mission to Mars was just approved for a two-year extended mission that runs through September 2018. Now is a good time to take stock of we've learned so far and to describe the plans for the extended mission.

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Rosetta end-of-mission plans: Landing site, time selected

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/07/26 03:13 CDT | 2 comments

ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft is nearing the end of its mission. Last week, ESA announced when and where Rosetta is going to touch down. And tomorrow, it will forever shut down the radio system intended for communicating with the silent Philae lander.

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We’re Building a Movement!

Posted by Richard Chute on 2016/07/26 12:00 CDT | 1 comments

Today we launch a new expedition to engage our members in more ways than ever before. Since our inception, our members have supported The Planetary Society as we forge new paths in space science and exploration. You have always been at the center of our success and we want the structure of our membership program to reflect that by offering new benefits, premiums and payment options.

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The Planetary Society at San Diego Comic-Con (UPDATED with video!)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/07/21 06:04 CDT | 4 comments

Whether or not you're attending San Diego Comic-Con, you can enjoy a discussion panel with Emily Lakdawalla and five science fiction authors about the future of science fiction in the context of today's amazing scientific advances.

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Multimedia recap: Two launches, a landing, a docking, and a berthing

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/07/20 12:35 CDT

Four days of cargo craft mania came to a close at the International Space Station this morning, as astronauts Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams snagged an approaching SpaceX Dragon vehicle and berthed it to the laboratory's Harmony module.

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Horizon Goal: A new reporting series on NASA’s Journey to Mars

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/07/18 07:03 CDT | 1 comments

We're embarking on a multi-part series with the Huffington Post about the world's largest human spaceflight program. In part 1, we look at how the Columbia accident prompted NASA and the George W. Bush administration to create a new vision for space exploration.

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