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Dawn Journal: The Final Countdown

Marc Rayman • April 02, 2018

The Dawn mission has only one revolution to go before the spacecraft begins the final campaign of its long and rewarding deep-space adventure.

#LPSC2018: Understanding early Mars through fluvial features

Adeene Denton • April 02, 2018

One of the ways we understand Mars' early climatic and geologic history is through preserved fluvial features.

#LPSC2018: Groovy Galilean satellites

Harriet Brettle • March 30, 2018

The Jovian system is a busy place. The Groovy Galilean Satellites session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) covered analysis of past mission data, testable hypotheses for future missions, and discussion of the use of ground-based data.

#LPSC2018: Fungi in the lab, hot springs frozen cold, and exploding lakes

Emily Lakdawalla • March 29, 2018

The first astrobiology session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference featured talks on a huge variety of interesting topics, and was one of my favorite sessions at the meeting.

ISS partners consider ambitious lunar sample return mission

Anatoly Zak • March 29, 2018

The plan involves NASA's proposed Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, and a return to Earth via the Orion spacecraft.

Thursday Funpost! Excerpts from the new book Rocket Billionaires

Jason Davis • March 29, 2018

Did you know NASA required SpaceX to carry life insurance for Elon Musk?

#LPSC2018: Collaborative notes from conference sessions

Emily Lakdawalla • March 28, 2018

At last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, I tried a new experiment: collaborating with other attendees to take a shared set of notes.

How the heck did NASA (and science) get such a good 2018 budget?

Jason Davis • March 28, 2018

Congress outright rejected most of the Trump administration's controversial science cuts.

JWST heads once more unto the breach, dear friends

Casey Dreier • March 27, 2018

The James Webb Space Telescope will miss its target launch date and cost more money than expected, NASA announced.

#LPSC2018: An Apollo 17 session with moonwalker Jack Schmitt

Megan Kelley • March 27, 2018

The only geoscientist to walk on the Moon attended a conference session presenting results from the rocks he collected.

Tiangong-1: How to follow the space lab's decaying orbit and reentry

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2018

With the space station likely to fall on April Fool's Day, it's important to know whom to follow for reliable information.

#LPSC2018: Mars mass wasting in the laboratory

Jake Robins • March 26, 2018

Mars today is a dynamic place. One visually dramatic sign of change on Mars is "mass wasting," more commonly known as "stuff falling downhill". Scientists presented the results of recent laboratory work on Mars mass wasting at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

#MoonMon: Io's pretty plumes

Emily Lakdawalla • March 26, 2018

On this Moon Monday, I'm featuring an animation processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, showing Jupiter's volcanic moon Io with its prominent plumes.

NASA wins big in 2018 budget deal

Casey Dreier • March 22, 2018

With the passage of the 2018 spending bill, NASA just got its best budget since 2009. Europa, Earth Science, and a new Mobile Launcher are winners in the $20.7 billion just approved for the space program.

Funpost! The transportation of humans to foreign planets

Jason Davis • March 22, 2018

For this week's Funpost, Jason answers 11 questions about humans exploring Mars.

#LPSC2018: Titan Is Terrific!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 21, 2018

Emily's first report from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is on the solar system's most atmospheriffic satellite, Saturn's moon Titan.

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.

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