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Farewell, Kepler

Jason Davis • October 30, 2018

NASA's Kepler space telescope helped us find our place in the cosmos.

LightSail 2 launch pushed to early 2019

Jason Davis • October 29, 2018

An Air Force official says an ‘initial launch capability’ is being reassessed.

In search of ice and fire: Europa analog fieldwork in Iceland, 2018

Conor Nixon • October 24, 2018

The terrain of Iceland – the Land of Ice and Fire – has some very interesting similarities to Europa.

Following perfect launch, BepiColombo takes self-portraits from space

Emily Lakdawalla • October 22, 2018

BepiColombo's launch was nominal -- the best thing any launch can be. Following launch, the spacecraft documented successful solar array and antenna deployments with self-portraits.

Dawn Journal: 11 Years in Space

Marc Rayman • October 19, 2018

Dawn is celebrating its 11th anniversary of spaceflight. This is the last dawnniversary the spacecraft will see.

Collecting a sample from asteroid Ryugu is going to be dicey

Jason Davis • October 19, 2018

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft was scheduled to touch down on Ryugu later this month, but that has been delayed to early 2019.

Looking at Io's Volcanoes Since Galileo

Jason Perry • October 18, 2018

It’s been almost 17 years since NASA's Galileo spacecraft took meaningful data of Jupiter’s volcanic moon.

Heiligenschein Throughout the Solar System

Brittney Cooper • October 16, 2018

When planetary scientist Brittney Cooper was scrolling through the downlinked images of Hayabusa2’s approach of asteroid Ryugu, a familiar sight caught her attention.

A Joyless 'First Man'

Casey Dreier • October 15, 2018

Space fans will enjoy the movie for its depictions of early spaceflight itself. But it avoids the richness and complexity of human experience, leaving behind awe and joy in favor of an emotional landscape as uninviting as the Moon.

Imaging the Earth from Lunar orbit

Cees Bassa and Tammo Jan Dijkema • October 15, 2018

Radio amateurs around the world worked together to take an image of the Earth and the far side of the Moon.

Book Announcement and Excerpt: Astronomy for Kids

Bruce Betts • October 13, 2018

For Astronomy Day, Bruce announces his new book Astronomy for Kids, provides excerpts, and gives some bonus planet observing info.

How to follow BepiColombo's launch

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2018

I’m thrilled to be anticipating the beginning of a new mission to Mercury. Here's a timeline for BepiColombo's planned launch on 20 October (19 October in the U.S.).

Space station crew safe after failed launch

Jason Davis • October 11, 2018

About two minutes after liftoff, the Soyuz vehicle carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to orbit failed.

My 18-Month Affair With Titan

Ian Regan • October 11, 2018

Ian Regan, producer of the Titan segment of In Saturn's Rings, describes the meticulous process of creating the stunning visuals of this shrouded moon.

MAVEN, in orbit around Mars, snaps anniversary selfie

Jason Davis • October 08, 2018

The spacecraft used its ultraviolet spectrograph imager for the job, and one frame shows Mars in the background.

MASCOT landing on Ryugu a success

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2018

For 17 hours on 3 October, the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) lander sent data to the waiting Hayabusa2 orbiter from multiple locations on Ryugu.

How to design an effective scientific poster

Paul Byrne • October 05, 2018

In short, a poster should be as close to an infographic as possible.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Team Initiates Plan to Recover Oppy, Orbiter Sends Postcard, Storm Ends

A.J.S. Rayl • October 04, 2018

As the global storm that wrapped the Red Planet in a cloud of dust since late June finally gave up the ghost in September, the sky continued to clear over Endeavour Crater and the Opportunity team initiated the NASA-approved two-step plan to reestablish contact with the rover.

The NASA programs most impacted by the budget delay

Casey Dreier • October 03, 2018

Fiscal year 2019 is here, but NASA doesn't have a new budget. Which programs could suffer the most as a consequence?

NASA Then & Now

Bruce Betts • October 02, 2018

A collection of before and after slider images showing how views of planets in our solar system have changed over the years since NASA was created.

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