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[Updated] House NASA Funding Bill Proposes a Fantastic Budget for Planetary Science
Earth Science, Commercial Crew would see cuts

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/19 03:25 CDT | 8 comments

The House Appropriations Committee released their vision for NASA's 2016 budget this week, which includes significant increases for the SLS and Planetary Science, but cuts Commercial Crew and Earth Science funds.

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In Pictures: LightSail’s Rocket Rolls to the Launch Pad

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/19 12:39 CDT | 3 comments

Pictures of The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft rollout to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41.

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Timeline: LightSail's First Day in Space

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/19 04:01 CDT | 1 comments

It's the day before launch at Cape Canaveral. Here's a timeline of events for LightSail's first day in space.

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LightSail Launch Countdown: Ready for Rollout

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/18 04:01 CDT

It’s launch week in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft is buttoned up for flight aboard an Atlas V rocket. Liftoff is scheduled Wednesday sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. EDT.

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Unseen latitudes of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko -- revealed!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/05/15 12:11 CDT | 2 comments

A recent Rosetta image has revealed a good part of the comet's previously hidden southern terrain to the public for the first time.

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We Love A Crowd!

Posted by Richard Chute on 2015/05/14 05:43 CDT | 2 comments

This month, at the same time that The Planetary Society is launching the long-anticipated LightSail prototype for a shakedown cruise, we are excited to launch another “first”—our first-ever Kickstarter campaign.

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New Horizons spots Kerberos and Styx

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/05/12 05:56 CDT | 3 comments

New Horizons has now spotted every one of Pluto's satellites...all the ones we know about, that is.

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Due to ion engine failure, PROCYON will not fly by an asteroid

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/05/08 04:23 CDT | 2 comments

PROCYON, the mini-satellite launched with Hayabusa 2, will not be able to achieve its planned asteroid flyby due to the failure of its ion engine.

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In Pictures: LightSail, Meet X-37B

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/08 04:13 CDT | 1 comments

United Launch Alliance has released photos showing the Air Force's X-37B spaceplane being stacked on its Atlas V at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Mars Plans Advance (and Occasionally Fade)

Posted by Van Kane on 2015/05/08 04:05 CDT | 13 comments

In the last two months, there has been significant news about the European-Russian 2018 mission and about NASA’s 2020 rover. NASA also has announced that it would like to send a new orbiter to the Red Planet in the early 2020s.

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What Images Will We Get Back from the LightSail Test Mission?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/08 10:18 CDT | 3 comments

With less than two weeks before launch, here's an in-depth look at whether the LightSail test mission's attitude control system bug will keep us from seeing pretty pictures taken by the spacecraft.

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OSIRIS-REx – Seeking Answers to the Sweet Mystery of Life

Posted by Jason Dworkin on 2015/05/07 12:21 CDT | 2 comments

The nature of the origin of life is a topic that has engaged people since ancient times. The samples to be collected by OSIRIS-REx, returned to the Earth in 2023 and archived for decades beyond that, may indeed hide the secrets to the origin of life.

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Curiosity update, sols 949-976: Scenic road trip and a diversion to Logan's Run

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/05/06 06:04 CDT | 4 comments

Curiosity is finally on the road again! And she's never taken a more scenic route than this. Her path to Mount Sharp is taking her to the west and south, across sandy swales between rocky rises.

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Sunset on Mars

Posted by Damia Bouic on 2015/05/06 02:07 CDT | 7 comments

Long before Curiosity's landing, the description of the color camera made ​​me dream: I imagined what wonderful pictures we could get of sunsets and sunrises on Mars. They finally came on sol 956, the 15th of April, 2015.

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In Pictures: SpaceX Crew Dragon Takes Flight in Pad Abort Test

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/06 11:00 CDT | 2 comments

A SpaceX Crew Dragon rocketed into the sky under its own power this morning, completing a critical milestone necessary to certify the spacecraft for crewed flights in 2017.

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A week's worth of "RC3" images from Dawn at Ceres

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/05/05 12:25 CDT | 1 comments

Now that Dawn is in its science orbit at Ceres, the mission has been releasing new images every weekday!

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs Sol 4000, Digs Spirit of St. Louis Crater
Sols 3877 - 4004

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/05/05 09:20 CDT | 2 comments

After investigating some flat, light and dark toned rocks around Spirit of St. Louis Crater in April, Opportunity chalked up another milestone achievement – the 4000th sol or Martian day of surface operations.

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How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/05 12:36 CDT | 5 comments

Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

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Despite Rain Delays, NASA Prepares for Busy Year of SLS Engine Tests

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/04 04:02 CDT | 1 comments

Despite a rainy spring that has caused schedule delays, NASA is preparing for a busy year of Space Launch System engine testing.

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[Updated] Good Planetary Support in A Flawed NASA Bill

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2015/05/02 07:45 CDT | 15 comments

Casey Dreier gives a brief summary of the House draft bill released the other day that would authorize NASA funding for the years 2016 and 2017.

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