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LightSail team learns from IKAROS successes

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/07/26 11:32 CDT

While we were in New York for the International Solar Sailing Symposium last week, we held a meeting with the Japanese IKAROS team to discuss technical results and issues in our two projects.

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Observing the Martian Atmosphere for Two Mars Years

Posted by David Kass on 2010/07/13 12:00 CDT

June 29, 2010 was the second Martian anniversary of the start of Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) observations at Mars.

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LightSail-1 Passes Critical Design Review

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/06/25 12:00 CDT | 1 comments

LightSail-1, the Planetary Society's new ultra-light Cubesat-based solar sail spacecraft, has passed its Critical Design Review.

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Firming Up the Spacecraft Design

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/05/27 12:00 CDT

The LightSail-1 spacecraft development is proceeding well. Our engineering team has completed crucial milestones to building the vehicle that will demonstrate the value and potential of using sunlight alone to propel exploratory craft through space.

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Stephen Hawking Receives Cosmos Award

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/03/07 11:20 CST

The Planetary Society presented the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science to Stephen Hawking in Cambridge England on February 27.

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Visitor from JAXA Stops at Planetary Society

Posted by Forest Purnell on 2010/01/29 10:07 CST | 1 comments

The Planetary Society regularly hosts interns and visiting scientists and engineers from world space agencies. Recently, we've had the pleasure of working with JAXA's Toshiaki Takemae.

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Countdown to the Budget...

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/01/28 10:12 CST

The world's space community -- and the public -- is awaiting the Obama Administration's new plan for human and robotic space flight. We expect the plan will be unveiled as part of the formal submission to Congress of the Administration's proposed budget for the Federal Government.

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FINDS Exo-Earths Starts Up: Testing the Prototype

Posted by Debra Fischer on 2009/10/30 12:00 CDT | 2 comments

The prototype that Julien constructed in the lab was taken to Lick Observatory, and we had our first-light run with the fiber in July.

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Optical SETI's Growing Capabilities

Posted by Paul Horowitz on 2009/10/28 12:00 CDT

Often, the phrase “next steps” has been known to describe things that don't actually happen. But for The Planetary Society's All-sky Optical SETI, it's different. Here's what's happened in the last year.

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Astropulse: A Fresh Look at the Skies in Search of E.T.

Posted by Amir Alexander on 2009/08/27 12:00 CDT

If you were a member of an alien civilization trying to communicate across the immeasurable distances of space, how would you go about it?

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Canto IV: A Cog in the Wheel, a New Star in the Sky

Posted by David Seal on 2009/06/06 01:02 CDT

David Seal talks about his experience working with Kevin Beurle.

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SERENDIP Takes a Great Leap Forward

Posted by Amir Alexander on 2009/05/26 12:00 CDT

Just when SETI@home is celebrating its 10th anniversary, its older brother, Project SERENDIP, is getting a general makeover.

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Fly me to the Moon...

Posted by Jim Bell on 2009/05/04 12:46 CDT

Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.

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Updates on the 2007 Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/04/27 12:00 CDT

Our 2007 Shoemaker NEO Grant winners have been extremely busy over the past two years. Take for example Quanzhi Ye of Guangzhou, China: He was only 18 when he received the award but already the principal investigator of the sky survey at the Lulin Observatory in Taiwan.

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Solar Sail Update: New Opportunities

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/04/01 12:00 CDT

At the beginning of this decade, we designed a mission to accomplish this goal. We launched Cosmos 1 in June 2005, but the Volna rocket that was to place the spacecraft in orbit failed, and we were never able to test our solar sail in flight. These days, The Planetary Society is working with colleagues at NASA and at the Russian Space Research Institute to put together a new solar sail mission.

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Instrument Status Update

Posted by David Kass on 2009/03/22 12:00 CDT

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