Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/06/08 02:00 CDT
Amateur astronomers, get your proposals in for this year's round of Shoemaker NEO Grants!
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.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/05/07 04:55 CDT
I've been so focused on the dramatic return of "Mr. Hayabusa" that I've neglected to write much about two up-and-coming Japanese missions: Akatsuki and IKAROS.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2010/03/18 04:39 CDT
Amir Alexander has just posted an update on the activities of the most recent winners of the Shoemaker NEO Grants.
Posted by Amir Alexander on 2010/02/13 12:00 CST
It was January of 2004 when the elegant curve of the Vichada first caught the attention of geologist Max Rocca of Buenos Aires. Could the course of the river have been shaped by the circular outlines of an impact crater? Rocca decided to find out.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/12/09 01:46 CST
I wrote a few weeks ago about a new Send Your Name to Venus campaign conducted by the Akatsuki mission. Now The Planetary Society has arranged with JAXA to collect names and messages on our website.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/11/09 03:27 CST
The Planetary Society announced today that an anonymous donor has put up one million dollars to help us get a solar sail in flight.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/10/23 12:31 CDT
The Japanese space agency's science missions have an abundance of names. They start out with a programmatic name, like MUSES-A, PLANET-A, etc. -- which might be like calling NEAR "Discovery-A" and Mars Pathfinder "Discovery-B" and so on.
Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/09/21 12:00 CDT
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?