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Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to International Space Station

Jason Davis • March 03, 2019

Docking occurred slightly ahead of schedule at 5:51 EST (10:51 UTC).

Crew Dragon Safely on the Way to International Space Station

Jason Davis • March 02, 2019

SpaceX's Crew Dragon has successfully launched on its maiden voyage! It will dock with the ISS tomorrow.

InSight Update, Sol 92: The Mole Did Hit a Rock

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2019

The HP3 mole started hammering itself today, and almost immediately (after just 5 minutes) appears to have encountered a rock. No matter; they'll try again Saturday.

Beresheet Overcomes Early Glitches, Continues Journey to the Moon

Jason Davis • February 28, 2019

The spacecraft performed its second engine burn, raising the highest point of its orbit to more than a third of the way to the Moon.

Fun With a New Data Set: The OSIRIS-REx Earth Flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • February 28, 2019

The OSIRIS-REx team recently issued their first data release to the Planetary Data System. This release doesn’t include any closeup pictures of asteroid Bennu, but it does include all the pictures they took during their September 2017 Earth flyby.

What to expect when Crew Dragon launches to the International Space Station

Jason Davis • February 27, 2019

SpaceX's Crew Dragon is scheduled to blast off for a 6-day, uncrewed test flight on 2 March at 02:49 EST (07:49 UTC).

Practicing Mars 2020 rover operations, on Earth

Jeffrey R. Johnson • February 25, 2019

Jeff Johnson files a report from ROASTT, the Rover Operations Activities for Science Team Training.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Hidden Gems

Adam Block • February 22, 2019

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares of his latest views of our universe.

Beresheet has launched!

Jason Davis • February 21, 2019

SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft is on its way to the Moon following a successful launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida.

Hayabusa2 has touched down on Ryugu!

Jason Davis • February 21, 2019

Touchdown occurred at about 22:49 UTC on 21 February, and the spacecraft is healthy.

InSight update, sols 43-83: Instrument placement complete

Emily Lakdawalla • February 20, 2019

InSight has placed its second science instrument on the ground and set it free. Now it's time to bury the heat probe in the soil.

NASA’s Lucy mission gets caught in a fight between rocket companies

Casey Dreier • February 20, 2019

SpaceX says it wants to save NASA money, but its actions could cost taxpayers more in the end.

What to expect when Hayabusa2 collects a sample from Ryugu

Jason Davis • February 19, 2019

More than 4 years after launch and a half year surveying asteroid Ryugu, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft is ready for sample collection.

What to expect when Beresheet launches to (and lands on) the Moon

Jason Davis • February 18, 2019

Launch day is almost here for the small lunar lander built by Israeli non-profit SpaceIL.

NASA just got its best budget in a decade

Casey Dreier • February 15, 2019

After months of unrelated political turmoil, multiple stop-gap spending bills, and an unprecedented government shutdown, NASA's 2019 budget was finally signed into law.

Planetary Radio: 10 Must-Listen Episodes About Space Exploration

MaryLiz Bender • February 13, 2019

The Planetary Society staff has selected our top ten favorite episodes of Planetary Radio. Listen now.

Touchdown for InSight's Heat Probe

Emily Lakdawalla • February 12, 2019

InSight has gone two for two, placing the second of its instruments gently on the Martian ground.

Looking Back at MU69

Emily Lakdawalla • February 08, 2019

A crescent view of MU69 reveals its bizarre shape. Let's look at lots of other fun-shaped space crescents.

Stunning new images show what the Chang'e-4 mission has been up to

Andrew Jones • February 07, 2019

Chang’e-4 is sending home brilliant footage from its various spacecraft, while also being snapped by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Curiosity Update, Sols 2257-2312: Drilling at Rock Hall and Arrival at the Valley of Clay

Emily Lakdawalla • February 06, 2019

Curiosity completed work at Vera Rubin Ridge with an easy drilling activity at Rock Hall. Now it has finally driven on to mineral-rick rocks that were seen from orbit, long before Curiosity arrived. The team plans a lengthy traverse of the clay-bearing unit.

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