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Reporting from the 2014 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/12/15 11:53 CST | 2 comments

In San Francisco, in an annual tradition, more than 20,000 geologists are descending on the Moscone Center. I'll be attending #AGU14 this week, but you can also watch press briefings and many of the sessions online.

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[Updated] NASA's 2015 Budget Increase is Confirmed
Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with $18.01 billion NASA budget

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/12/14 01:13 CST | 4 comments

Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with an $18.01 billion NASA budget, which includes an increase to planetary science and Europa. The legislation now moves on to the President for his signature.

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Our Global Volunteers: December 2014 Update

Posted by Kate Howells on 2014/12/12 10:27 CST | 1 comments

The Planetary Society’s Global Volunteer Network has been busy these past few months!

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Pretty pictures of the Cosmos: Strange and spooky

Posted by Adam Block on 2014/12/12 10:25 CST | 1 comments

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares his haunting images of three different types of nebulae.

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LightSail Completes Testing, Announcement Expected in January

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/12/12 10:19 CST | 1 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft successfully completed testing to prepare it for a possible 2015 test flight.

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New Churyumov-Gerasimenko Shapemodel!

Posted by Mattias Malmer on 2014/12/12 09:00 CST | 1 comments

Mattias Malmer shares his latest shape model of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, created using data from the Rosetta spacecraft.

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NASA's Budget Increase Is A Step Closer to Reality
The House of Representatives passes the 2015 "CRomnibus" spending bill

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/12/12 01:23 CST | 4 comments

By a narrow vote, the House of Representatives passed the 2015 'CRomnibus' spending bill, which includes an increase to NASA and its Planetary Science Division. It now moves on to the Senate.

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Brief Venus Express update: Not quite dead yet

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/12/11 07:06 CST | 1 comments

Venus Express is still alive and talking to Earth, but may fall into Venus' atmosphere in January.

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The YORP Effect and Bennu

Posted by Dante Lauretta on 2014/12/11 05:48 CST

The YORP effect is a phenomenon that affects the rotation rate and pole orientation of an asteroid. YORP is an acronym that combines four scientist’s names: Yarkovsky, O’Keefe, Radzievskii, and Paddack.

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InSight assembly begins

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/12/11 10:31 CST

NASA's next Mars lander is becoming real, now under construction at Lockheed Martin.

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Book Review: “The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era”

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/12/11 10:23 CST | 1 comments

Mat Kaplan reviews a comprehensive new collection of historic and modern space art from author and superb space artist Ron Miller.

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Revisiting Uranus with Voyager 2

Posted by Björn Jónsson on 2014/12/10 10:44 CST | 2 comments

Amateur image processor Björn Jónsson brings us some new views of Uranus from reprocessed Voyager 2 data.

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[Updated] The CRomnibus Comes Through for NASA and Planetary Science
Final 2015 budget bill would increase funding

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/12/10 03:24 CST | 7 comments

The U.S. budget cycle for fiscal year 2015 is coming to an end. Should Congress pass the so-called CRomnibus bill as-is, NASA would see its highest funding level since 2011 and a great increase to its Planetary Science Division.

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China plans a Mars rover and orbiter for 2020 launch opportunity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/12/09 10:44 CST | 3 comments

China is moving forward with plans to launch an orbiter and rover to Mars in the 2020 launch opportunity. The Mars program also includes plans for sample return in 2030.

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First Look Photographs of Orion's Return to Dry Land

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/12/09 10:41 CST | 1 comments

NASA's Orion spacecraft is back on dry land following its offloading from the USS Anchorage late Monday night. Here are some selected photographs by Kevin Baird.

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What Happens When Space Projects Go Over Budget? The Curious Case of MSL’s Overrun

Posted by Jason Callahan on 2014/12/08 04:44 CST | 1 comments

Jason Callahan takes a detailed look at the effects of Curiosity's cost overruns on NASA's budget.

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New Views of Ancient Martian Landscapes

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2014/12/08 11:21 CST | 5 comments

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just keeps delivering remarkable scenes from the Red Planet.

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Onward! The Planetary Society's Strategic Plan through 2017

Posted by Jennifer Vaughn on 2014/12/06 08:15 CST | 8 comments

As 2014 comes to a close, The Planetary Society steps into our 35th anniversary year with a new strategic plan.

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Ceres is round!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/12/05 02:44 CST | 3 comments

Okay, so the fact that Ceres is round is not news. It's still thrilling to see Ceres begin to come into focus as a round world.

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Orion Returns to Earth after Successful Test Flight

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/12/05 07:46 CST

NASA’s Orion spacecraft returned safely to Earth this morning after what looked like a flawless four hour, 24-minute test flight.

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