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Visiting northern Thailand? Be a Stopover Astronomer guest at Thailand’s national astronomy institute

Svet Shkolyar • May 31, 2018

If you are space professional traveling to Thailand, the country's national space science research institute has an opportunity for you!

How long is a day on Saturn?

Emily Lakdawalla • May 30, 2018

One of the Cassini mission's goals was to figure out how long a day on Saturn is. We still don't know. A new paper reports a measurement of the rotation period of Saturn that is different from past measurements.

Dawn Journal: Getting Elliptical

Marc Rayman • May 25, 2018

For the first time in almost a year, the Dawn mission control room at JPL is aglow with blue.

How to keep up with Hayabusa2

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2018

Hayabusa2 is approaching asteroid Ryugu! Here's how to stay on top of mission news and the mission's planned schedule for 2018.

Cygnus cargo craft will test ability to boost and deorbit the International Space Station

Jason Davis • May 25, 2018

NASA and Orbital ATK are planning a one-minute test burn before Cygnus leaves the station.

Approaching Mars on Spaceship Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • May 24, 2018

One of the great things about space exploration is how it can shift your perspective. And you don't even need to leave home.

Funpost! Audio diaries from simulated Mars

Jason Davis • May 24, 2018

The Habitat is a new podcast about a year-long HI-SEAS mission in Hawaii.

The curious case of the Apollo 4 Earth images

Jason Davis • May 23, 2018

Revisiting images of Earth taken from the uncrewed Apollo 4 command module in 1967.

How are we preparing astronauts for a return to the Moon?

Tess Caswell • May 22, 2018

Returning to the Moon won’t be easy, even though we’ve been there before.

Mastcam-Z team blog: We've got flight hardware!

Elsa Jensen • May 21, 2018

Right after the last Mastcam-Z team meeting a year ago (link here to last two blog posts), our team finalized the design of the cameras, and then the fantastic voyage of creating Martian panoramic zoom cameras began.

Chang'e 4 relay satellite, Queqiao: A bridge between Earth and the mysterious lunar farside

Luyuan Xu • May 19, 2018

China's fourth lunar mission, Chang’e 4, is expected to begin on May 21 with the launch of a Long March 4C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwest of China. The launch will carry a spacecraft named Queqiao, which will serve as a communication relay satellite between Earth and the lunar farside.

Eleven perijoves

Emily Lakdawalla • May 18, 2018

Seán Doran has made a cool visual index to the images that JunoCam took during Juno's first 12 closest approaches to Jupiter.

#Mercury2018: From MESSENGER to BepiColombo and beyond

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2018

A Mercury meeting held May 1-3 summarized the current and future science of the innermost planet. Emily Lakdawalla was there and shares her notes.

Funpost! We both began to giggle like school children

Jason Davis • May 17, 2018

NASA astronaut Scott Tingle describes his first rocket launch.

Is NASA painting itself into a corner with its ISS transition plans?

Jason Davis • May 16, 2018

By 2025, NASA wants to create a new humans-in-LEO market, and then become the non-primary customer for that new market.

Fire at ISRO's Space Application Centre

Sandhya Ramesh • May 15, 2018

Two weeks ago, Indian media reported a fire at the Space Application Centre (SAC) of ISRO in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Although it was a big fire, it was in an isolated building and no spacecraft was damaged.

Juno meets Cassini: A new merged global map of Jupiter

Björn Jónsson • May 14, 2018

The Juno spacecraft that is currently orbiting Jupiter has obtained the first good images of Jupiter's polar regions. I am presenting here a combined global map of Jupiter, made from a Cassini map I made for the equatorial and temperate regions and polar maps made from the Juno JunoCam and JIRAM polar images.

Book Excerpt: The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the radioisotope power system works

Emily Lakdawalla • May 14, 2018

Readers, colleagues, friends: it's finally happened. My first book is finally out in the world. Here's an excerpt that explains the design and operation of Curiosity's MMRTG, (it also applies to the future Mars 2020 rover power supply).

An 'Exploration Exhibition' to launch the new Planetary Science Caucus

Casey Dreier • May 14, 2018

We helped launch the new Planetary Science Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C., with an exploration exhibition to highlight the range of academic, scientific, and industry partners engaging in planetary exploration. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and its Board of Directors were there to welcome members of Congress and hundreds of staff and policy experts.

LightSail 2 launch slips to Fall

Jason Davis • May 11, 2018

The second flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is now scheduled for no earlier than October 30, 2018.

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