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Dawn Journal: Maneuvering for Science

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2016/11/29 10:24 CST | 6 comments

Dawn is completing another elegant spiral around dwarf planet Ceres, maneuvering to its sixth science orbit. Chief Engineer and Mission Manager Marc Rayman brings us his latest update.

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Rocket Road Trip: Watch a new video series on NASA's human spaceflight program

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/28 07:18 CST | 1 comments

The Planetary Society debuts a new, five-part video series on NASA's human spaceflight program. We went on a 10-day, 450-mile journey throughout the southern U.S. to see how the agency is preparing to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972.

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Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: The Space Between

Posted by Adam Block on 2016/11/25 02:16 CST | 1 comments

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his beautiful photos showcasing interstellar phenomena.

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Schiaparelli investigation update; crash site in color from HiRISE

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/11/23 11:28 CST | 11 comments

ESA issued an update on the Schiaparelli landing investigation today, identifying a problem reading from an inertial measurement unit as the proximate cause of the crash. Meanwhile, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is operating its science instruments for the first time this week, and HiRISE has released calibrated versions of the Schiaparelli crash site images.

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Emily's recommended space books for kids of all ages, 2016

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/11/22 10:23 CST | 3 comments

Emily's eighth annual kids' space book recommendation post includes lots of new books for kids of all ages, 0 to 18.

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Subsurface Water Ice in Utopia Planitia, Mars

Posted by Cassie Stuurman on 2016/11/22 01:28 CST | 2 comments

Martian radar expert Cassie Stuurman explains how the SHARAD instrument aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was used to detect buried ice deposits.

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HiRISE coverage of the Opportunity field site, version 1.0

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/11/18 05:28 CST | 1 comments

As she did before for Curiosity, Emily Lakdawalla has searched through the HiRISE image archive for photos of the Opportunity landing site and sorted them all out so that you don't have to.

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NASA Under Trump
Policy intentions aside, NASA won't go anywhere with massive cuts to spending

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2016/11/18 11:22 CST | 3 comments

NASA under a Trump Administration will be hard times for Earth Science, and human spaceflight to the Moon will likely get renewed focus. However, NASA won't go anywhere if massive cuts to spending are enacted as promised.

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Spektr-RG sees (x-ray) light at the end of the tunnel

Posted by Anatoly Zak on 2016/11/17 07:00 CST

After many years of development, a cutting-edge Russian-German space observatory with little-known contribution from the US is finally approaching the launch pad...or so its scientists say.

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The diverse ‘village’ behind Peggy Whitson, NASA's barrier-breaking astronaut

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/16 05:10 CST

During the run-up to her third mission, veteran NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has shifted the focus from herself to the team of trainers and technicians at Johnson Space Center.

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NatGeo's new MARS miniseries premieres tonight
Look close and you'll recognize some Planetary Society experts

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2016/11/14 02:17 CST | 2 comments

The new six-part miniseries, MARS, premieres tonight on the National Geographic channel. Perhaps it can help influence the incoming administration to continue NASA's Journey to Mars.

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GOES-R: A GOES Primer

Posted by Heather Hunter on 2016/11/14 01:07 CST

The current GOES-East and GOES-West have been faithfully providing continuous imagery and data on Earth and space weather for almost a decade. So, with the launch of the first of the next generation of GOES satellites, GOES-R, what is NOAA trying to accomplish?

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A week in the solar system

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/10 05:45 CST | 1 comments

A roundup of pretty pictures and news from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system, from November 4 through 8.

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Great whirling Jupiter

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/11/10 11:38 CST | 1 comments

Damian Peach's marvelous Jupiter photography, endlessly rotating in GIF form.

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Serene Saturn (or the “Glutton for Punishment” mosaic)

Posted by Ian Regan on 2016/11/08 10:25 CST | 8 comments

A week ago Saturday I decided -- against my better judgment -- to tackle this monster of a mosaic. I call it the "Glutton for Punishment" mosaic.

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Rosetta in the Rearview: What Have We Learned?

Posted by John Noonan on 2016/11/07 03:26 CST | 1 comments

Just over a month ago the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft finished its mission by spectacularly diving into the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. How did it observations influence and alter our ideas about the typical formation and lifetime of a comet?

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Scales Spirit Mound, Takes Shot at Schiaparelli
Sols 4511 - 4540

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/11/05 11:45 CDT

Opportunity spent the month of October on Spirit Mound studying the rich yet familiar geology at the first science stop on its 10th extended mission – pausing only to take a shot at freeze-framing part of the descent of Europe’s Schiaparelli lander.

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Stressed about the election? Take a beautiful video tour of the International Space Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/11/04 11:02 CDT | 3 comments

As the stressful election season draws to a close, a stunning new video tour of the International Space Station offers a reminder of what humans can do when we put aside our differences and work together.

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Capturing Martian Weather in Motion

Posted by Justin Cowart on 2016/11/04 09:41 CDT | 1 comments

Still images of Mars often give a false impression that Mars is a dead planet—but time-lapse imaging from the European Mars Express spacecraft reveals the planet as it really is.

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Long March 5 launch blasts China into age of space station and deep space exploration

Posted by Andrew Jones on 2016/11/03 02:15 CDT | 3 comments

Today, China launched its largest rocket yet, the Long March 5, from the new coastal launch center on Hainan Island. The launch is a major step forward on the country's path to deep space.

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