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Book Review: The Space Barons

Jason Davis • March 21, 2018

A new book focuses on the eccentric leaders of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

LightSail 2 doubles the fun with double integrations

Jason Davis • March 20, 2018

LightSail 2 is integrated in Prox-1! It's another important step toward launch day.

Moon Monday: Looking back at the Moon from Apollo 17

Emily Lakdawalla • March 18, 2018

For this Moon Monday, Emily digs up a classic from the end of the Apollo program.

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the Moon!

Karen James • March 16, 2018

Karen James visited a local preschool to share her love for space with a pre-Kindergarten class.

#LPSC2018: A full week of planetary science

Emily Lakdawalla • March 15, 2018

It's time for the 49th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), a geology-focused meeting of planetary scientists. Here's a preview, and a call for help from attendees. I'll be presenting at two lunchtime workshops.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! That time I created work for the ISS crew

Jason Davis • March 15, 2018

An important American flag is lost and found aboard the International Space Station.

Bill Nye and Prime Minister Trudeau talk Canada's future in space

Kate Howells • March 14, 2018

The Planetary Society will be at the planning table when Canada's space community regroups after the latest budget release.

Automating Science on Mars

Raymond Francis and Tara Estlin • March 13, 2018

Since 2016, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has had the ability to choose its own science targets using an onboard intelligent targeting system called AEGIS.

Moon Monday: Tethys from Voyager

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2018

To start the week, Voyager 2's best image of Tethys.

Announcing the 2018 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners

Bruce Betts • March 12, 2018

Seven very advanced amateur astronomers will help find, track, and characterize near Earth asteroids.

If you come at the Space Launch System, you best not miss

Jason Davis • March 09, 2018

Getting NASA out of the rocket business is more complicated than you think.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! A spacewalk in deep space

Jason Davis • March 08, 2018

Only three humans have ever been on a spacewalk in the void between the Earth and Moon.

Image processing trick: How to open PDS-formatted images in Photoshop

Emily Lakdawalla • March 07, 2018

Emily explains to amateur image processors how to open archival NASA science data directly in Photoshop without needing to use any other software tools.

InSight delivered to Vandenberg launch site

Emily Lakdawalla • March 06, 2018

InSight, NASA's next Mars mission, has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in preparation for a May 5 launch.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs 5000th Day, Snaps Selfie, and Roves On

A.J.S. Rayl • March 05, 2018

When Opportunity’s 5000th day dawned in February, it was a meaningful milestone for the team, and it led to a personal first for the veteran robot field geologist that has chalked up so many firsts she’s set the standard for Mars rovers.

What does the 2018 Canadian federal budget mean for space?

Kate Howells • March 05, 2018

After more than a year of high hopes, there is no daring new vision for Canada in space.

LightSail 2 launch update

Jason Davis • March 02, 2018

The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat is scheduled to head to space during a 60-day period starting on June 13.

Sketching a science meeting

Emily Lakdawalla • March 02, 2018

The Planetary Society has always enjoyed the connections between science and art, so when I saw Leila Qışın's sketches pop up on her Twitter feed during the recent New Horizons team meeting, I knew I had to share them with you.

Hayabusa2 has detected Ryugu!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2018

In a milestone for the mission, JAXA's Hayabusa2 sample return spacecraft has sighted its destination, asteroid Ryugu.

NASA has a Moon landing plan—sort of

Jason Davis • March 01, 2018

It's a gradual, stepped approach, envisioning human spaceflight, planetary science, and commercial partners all working together.

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