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The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs 15th Year in Silence, Team Begins ‘Hail Mary’ Efforts

A.J.S. Rayl • February 02, 2019

As a string of dust storms moved through Meridiani Planum and over Endeavour Crater in January, Opportunity silently wrapped her fifteenth year on the surface of Mars.

OSIRIS-REx stable in Bennu orbit, team refines sample collection plans

Jason Davis • January 30, 2019

The team has yet to find a Bennu sample site that matches their pre-arrival expectations, meaning their plans will probably have to change.

Why are there no stars in most space images?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2019

Look up at space at night from a dark location and you can see innumerable stars. Why, then, do photos of so many things in space show black space, devoid of stars?

NASA Gets a Three Week Reprieve

Casey Dreier • January 26, 2019

If ever there was an example of how quickly political winds can shift, look no further than the sudden end to a seemingly endless government shutdown on January 25th.

What’s next for China in lunar exploration?

Andrew Jones • January 23, 2019

China has big plans for the future, including lunar sample return, a robotic research base, and potentially human missions.

Israeli Beresheet Moon lander ships to Florida for mid-February launch

Jason Davis • January 22, 2019

Launch is currently set for 19 February, and Beresheet will spend two months traveling to the Moon ahead of touchdown in April.

Miseries mount as shutdown drags on

Casey Dreier • January 18, 2019

The partial government shutdown that shuttered NASA continues with no end in sight. The U.S. space program sits idle, the vast majority of its workforce sent home. Space science and exploration projects are disrupted. Paychecks are absent. And an unsettling realization has dawned on hundreds of thousands of public employees and contractors affected by the shutdown: this time is different.

Planetary Deep Drill completes second field test

Jason Davis • January 18, 2019

The work builds on a Planetary Society-sponsored test and paves the way for an ambitious expedition in Greenland this year.

Slava Linkin, 1937-2019

Louis D. Friedman • January 17, 2019

Slava Linkin, one of the leading planetary scientists in the Soviet Union and later Russia, passed away on 16 January 2019. Viachelslav Mikhailovich Linkin was an enormously important participant in Planetary Society history.

Your Guide to the Total Lunar Eclipse on 20 January

Bruce Betts • January 17, 2019

The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, the eastern Pacific Ocean, the western Atlantic Ocean, Europe, and western Africa.

Hayabusa2 team sets date for sample collection, considers two touchdown sites

Jason Davis • January 16, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft will try to collect a sample from asteroid Ryugu during the week of 18 February, mission officials said during a press briefing last week.

A few new images of MU69

Emily Lakdawalla • January 15, 2019

New Horizons is back in action after going quiet for a period of solar conjunction following the 1 January flyby of 2014 MU69 (informally nicknamed "Ultima Thule"). The spacecraft is returning new data, as exemplified by these images.

Chang'e-4 update: Both vehicles healthy, new imagery from the Moon’s far side

Jason Davis • January 11, 2019

Everything is going well 9 days after China's Chang'e-4 mission made a historic landing on the far side of the Moon, the country's space program said today.

Chang'e 4: Why the Moon's far side looks red in new images

David Rothery • January 09, 2019

In Apollo images — and to our own eyes, from Earth — the Moon is grey. What's going on?

InSight Update, sols 25-42: Seismometer sensors working!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 09, 2019

Engineers have leveled the seismometer and made progress on adjusting the position of the tether so that it doesn't interfere for the experiment. Most significantly for the mission, they have balanced the Very Broad Band sensors -- 3 of SEIS’ 6 seismic sensors -- and confirmed that they are generating good data.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Still Silent, Team Still Hopeful

A.J.S. Rayl • January 06, 2019

It’s now been more than six and a half months that the longest-lived robot on another planet has been incommunicado.

Chang'e-4 deploys rover on far side of the Moon

Jason Davis • January 03, 2019

The rover is named Yutu-2, China's space agency announced.

China successfully lands Chang'e-4 on far side of Moon

Jason Davis • January 02, 2019

It’s a space feat no nation has accomplished until now.

MU69 appears as a bi-lobed baby comet in latest New Horizons images

Emily Lakdawalla • January 02, 2019

The latest images downlinked from New Horizons show MU69 to be a textbook example of a contact binary. How do contact binaries form? Updated with images released on 3 January.

Happy New Year! The New Horizons flyby was successful!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 01, 2019

New Horizons has "phoned home" as expected, 4 hours after its closest approach to 2014 MU69. Its brief transmission contained no science data, but gave the scientists welcome news: New Horizons has successfully pulled off the most distant flyby ever.

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