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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 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.

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is getting a signal boost

Jason Davis • October 02, 2018

It's all thanks to renewed interest from NASA and a private effort to scan the skies using an array of 64 radio telescopes.

Japan's asteroid hoppers deliver new batch of incredible images

Jason Davis • September 27, 2018

Pics of Ryugu's surface show loose piles of gravel strewn with larger rocks and boulders.

Asteroids have been hitting the Earth for billions of years. In 2022, we hit back.

Andrew Rivkin • September 27, 2018

DART is a test of the kinetic impactor technique, a potential method to deflect an asteroid on course to impact the Earth.

How LightSail and a NASA study helped pave the way for Mars-bound CubeSats

Jason Davis • September 26, 2018

Two NASA CubeSats are approaching Mars — an impressive accomplishment for a concept many people regarded with derision just 15 years ago.

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully drops rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • September 22, 2018

The two small spacecraft are the size and shape of cheese wheels, and can autonomously hop around the surface.

The day I caught rocket fever

MaryLiz Bender • September 20, 2018

On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown hit zero, I gripped the railing so tightly I started to lose the feeling in my fingertips.

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