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What Images Will We Get Back from the LightSail Test Mission?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/08 10:18 CDT | 3 comments

With less than two weeks before launch, here's an in-depth look at whether the LightSail test mission's attitude control system bug will keep us from seeing pretty pictures taken by the spacecraft.

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OSIRIS-REx – Seeking Answers to the Sweet Mystery of Life

Posted by Jason Dworkin on 2015/05/07 12:21 CDT | 2 comments

The nature of the origin of life is a topic that has engaged people since ancient times. The samples to be collected by OSIRIS-REx, returned to the Earth in 2023 and archived for decades beyond that, may indeed hide the secrets to the origin of life.

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Curiosity update, sols 949-976: Scenic road trip and a diversion to Logan's Run

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/05/06 06:04 CDT | 4 comments

Curiosity is finally on the road again! And she's never taken a more scenic route than this. Her path to Mount Sharp is taking her to the west and south, across sandy swales between rocky rises.

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Sunset on Mars

Posted by Damia Bouic on 2015/05/06 02:07 CDT | 7 comments

Long before Curiosity's landing, the description of the color camera made ​​me dream: I imagined what wonderful pictures we could get of sunsets and sunrises on Mars. They finally came on sol 956, the 15th of April, 2015.

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In Pictures: SpaceX Crew Dragon Takes Flight in Pad Abort Test

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/06 11:00 CDT | 2 comments

A SpaceX Crew Dragon rocketed into the sky under its own power this morning, completing a critical milestone necessary to certify the spacecraft for crewed flights in 2017.

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A week's worth of "RC3" images from Dawn at Ceres

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/05/05 12:25 CDT | 1 comments

Now that Dawn is in its science orbit at Ceres, the mission has been releasing new images every weekday!

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs Sol 4000, Digs Spirit of St. Louis Crater
Sols 3877 - 4004

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/05/05 09:20 CDT | 2 comments

After investigating some flat, light and dark toned rocks around Spirit of St. Louis Crater in April, Opportunity chalked up another milestone achievement – the 4000th sol or Martian day of surface operations.

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How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/05 12:36 CDT | 5 comments

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

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Despite Rain Delays, NASA Prepares for Busy Year of SLS Engine Tests

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/04 04:02 CDT | 1 comments

Despite a rainy spring that has caused schedule delays, NASA is preparing for a busy year of Space Launch System engine testing.

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[Updated] Good Planetary Support in A Flawed NASA Bill

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/02 07:45 CDT | 15 comments

Casey Dreier gives a brief summary of the House draft bill released the other day that would authorize NASA funding for the years 2016 and 2017.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Special Update: MERathon Celebrates Opportunity's Marathon

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/05/01 10:06 CDT

MER mission ops team members joined other engineers and scientists, some who previously worked on the MER mission, to take on the challenge of a relay marathon to celebrate Opportunity's milestone achievement.

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Farewell, MESSENGER

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/05/01 06:55 CDT | 5 comments

There is one less robot exploring the solar system today. MESSENGER, which has orbited Mercury for four years, finally ran out of fuel and crashed into the planet at 17:26 UT on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

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Dawn Journal: Getting Down to Science at Ceres

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2015/05/01 03:02 CDT | 14 comments

Dawn Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman gives a status update on the mission, having finally arrived at dwarf planet Ceres.

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New Horizons sees surface features on Pluto, begins raw image release

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/04/29 08:06 CDT | 11 comments

Today the New Horizons team released a new animation of images taken on approach to Pluto. The animation clearly shows how Pluto wobbles around the Pluto-Charon barycenter. It also shows something more exciting to the scientists: variations in brightness across the surface of Pluto. They also began releasing raw images to the Internet.

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ISS-bound Cargo Spacecraft Doomed to Atmospheric Reentry

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/29 01:09 CDT | 2 comments

The six crew members aboard the International Space Station will have to go without a scheduled delivery of food, supplies and fuel.

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More than 1000 Rosetta NavCam images released!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/04/29 11:50 CDT

Today the European Space Agency released a ton of NavCam images, taken as the spacecraft approached and then entered orbit at the comet.

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Looking Down On Jupiter's North Pole

Posted by Ted Stryk on 2015/04/28 10:12 CDT | 3 comments

Ted Stryk shares the most direct view of a Jovian pole ever captured by a spacecraft.

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Russian Resupply Ship Spins Out Of Control after Reaching Orbit

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/28 01:37 CDT | 1 comments

An International Space Station-bound cargo craft is spinning out of control in Earth orbit following an afternoon launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Bill Nye’s Earth Day Visit with the President of the United States

Posted by Erin Greeson on 2015/04/27 02:41 CDT

Last week, our CEO Bill Nye joined The President of the United States for an Earth Day visit to The Everglades, one of the country's renowned National Parks and a vital global ecosystem. The Washington Post covered the news, and we at The Planetary Society shared in the excitement.

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A few gems from the latest Cassini image data release

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/04/24 06:30 CDT | 4 comments

I checked out the latest public image release from Cassini and found an awesome panorama across Saturn's rings, as well as some pretty views looking over Titan's north pole.

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