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What can we learn from a failed return to the Moon?

Casey Dreier • April 26, 2019

Thirty years ago, President George H.W. Bush announced an ambitious program to return humans to the Moon. It failed. Today the Trump Administration wants the same thing. Can a failed lunar return effort help this one succeed?

Curiosity Update, Sols 2313-2387: Two New Drill Holes Despite Memory Problems

Emily Lakdawalla • April 25, 2019

The Curiosity team is touring Glen Torridon, the Valley of Clay, south of Vera Rubin Ridge, happily photographing everything and zapping rocks. It’s clearly a delight for the team to be in a place they’ve been hoping to reach for 7 years.

How Your Donations are Helping Planetary Society Asteroid Hunters

Jason Davis • April 25, 2019

Each year, we ask our Shoemaker NEO Grant winners to help us tell the world about their work. Here's what they said.

InSight Detects Some Very Small Marsquakes

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2019

InSight has finally detected its first Marsquakes, but so far, none have been large enough to produce good science. Still, it’s great news that the seismometer is producing sensible data.

HiRISE Team Overcomes Imaging Glitches as Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Eyes another Decade in Orbit

Alfred McEwen • April 23, 2019

Blurred images and battery issues are no longer an immediate problem.

Chang’e-4 Updates: Yutu-2 Roves into Overtime, Returns More Images

Andrew Jones • April 22, 2019

China’s Chang’e-4 lander and Yutu-2 rover are continuing to function well and have completed their fourth lunar day.

Crew Dragon Test Vehicle Suffers Mishap during Engine Testing

Jason Davis • April 20, 2019

The extent of the accident is unclear, but a plume of orange smoke was visible from miles away.

Adapting an iPhone for Astrophotography

Barney Magrath • April 19, 2019

The sky is the limit, providing you’re willing to invest a little time for what is a surprisingly low-budget, hands-on project.

Software Command to Fix Faulty Sensor Doomed Beresheet

Jason Davis • April 17, 2019

Six days after SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft crash-landed on the Moon, we now have an explanation for what went wrong.

Voyager Wide-Angle Views of Jupiter

Ian Regan • April 16, 2019

Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the historic Voyager 1 encounter with Jupiter in 1979.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Flies Again; LightSail 2 Is Next!

Jason Davis • April 11, 2019

SpaceX also went three-for-three on booster landings, marking another milestone for its Falcon Heavy rocket.

Beresheet Comes Close before Crashing on the Moon

Jason Davis • April 11, 2019

Mission controllers announced Beresheet had a problem with its main engine, and the spacecraft stopped transmitting shortly thereafter.

Beresheet is about to Land on the Moon

Jason Davis • April 10, 2019

A successful landing will make SpaceIL the first private organization, and Israel the fourth country, to soft-land on the Moon.

2007 OR10 Needs a Name!

Meg Schwamb • April 09, 2019

It’s time to give 2007 OR10 a name. We’re asking for your help to pick a suitable name for the largest as-yet-unnamed solar system world to submit to the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Hearing Recap: NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request

Brendan Curry • April 08, 2019

On March 27, 2019, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing titled, “NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request.”

T-minus Five Years and Counting

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2019

Can NASA really return astronauts to the Moon by 2024?

Hayabusa2 Safe and Sound after Blasting New Crater on Ryugu

Jason Davis • April 04, 2019

Hayabusa2 successfully used its explosive-packed SCI experiment to create an artificial crater on asteroid Ryugu.

Beresheet Has Entered Lunar Orbit!

Jason Davis • April 04, 2019

SpaceIL's Beresheet Moon lander successfully entered lunar orbit today after a 6-minute engine burn that began at 14:18 UTC / 10:18 EDT.

Not a Heart of Ice

Mark Marley • April 02, 2019

Mark Marley explains what planetary scientists mean when they say the word "ice."

First Science Results from Hayabusa2 Mission

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2019

The Hayabusa2 team held a press briefing last week at LPSC to report newly published results on asteroid Ryugu.

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