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Orion's third flight will haul two pieces of a space station to lunar orbit

Jason Davis • September 06, 2018

NASA is planning for a 30-day mission to lunar orbit in 2024.

Dawn Journal: A Bit of Perspective

Marc Rayman • September 05, 2018

Like its human colleagues, Dawn started out on Earth, but now its permanent residence in the solar system, Ceres, is far, far away. Let's bring this cosmic landscape into perspective.

Dawn Journal: Denouement

Marc Rayman • September 04, 2018

A fantastic story of adventure, exploration and discovery is reaching its denouement. In the final phase of its long and productive deep-space mission, Dawn is operating flawlessly in orbit around dwarf planet Ceres.

OSIRIS-REx and New Horizons catch first sight of their targets

Emily Lakdawalla • August 29, 2018

Both OSIRIS-REx and New Horizons achieved first light on their still-distant targets this week. Between now and the end of 2018, Bennu and 2014 MU69 will turn from points of light into places.

Hayabusa2 prepares to collect samples, leave Planetary Society names on Ryugu

Jason Davis • August 28, 2018

The names were collected by the Society in 2013, and are stored on target markers that will be dropped on the asteroid.

Hayabusa2 Team Announces Ryugu Landing Sites, Initial Science Survey Results

Emily Lakdawalla • August 24, 2018

Two months after arrival, the team has reported some preliminary facts about Ryugu. They also announced the selection of candidate landing sites for the spacecraft sample collection, for the German-built MASCOT hopper, and for the MINERVA-II microrovers

India says it will send a human to space by 2022

Sandhya Ramesh • August 24, 2018

The announcement came as a surprise to many people within ISRO, the country's space agency.

Space Force: An Explainer

Casey Dreier • August 23, 2018

Have questions about Space Force? We have answers.

False alarm: Here's why people thought Opportunity phoned home last week

Jason Davis • August 21, 2018

It was a signal from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, not Opportunity, that showed up on a Deep Space Network dashboard last week.

China's mission to the far side of the Moon will launch in December

Andrew Jones • August 16, 2018

The Chang'e-4 spacecraft will launch on December 7 toward a farside landing, making use of a relay satellite to stay in touch with Earth.

National Academies: NASA needs a plan for Mars

Casey Dreier • August 16, 2018

Though progress is being made on Mars Sample Return, a new report from the National Academies recommends NASA have a long-term plan for robotic Mars exploration, and work to ensure communications infrastructure is maintained at the Red Planet. These recommendations largely align with those made by The Planetary Society in a report released in 2017.

Here are some recent postcards from Jupiter

Jason Davis • August 15, 2018

Let's check in on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which completed its 14th close flyby of Jupiter last month.

The Venus controversy

Adeene Denton • August 14, 2018

A lack of new missions keeps scientists guessing on what shaped the planet’s surface.

Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - July 2018

Casey Dreier • August 13, 2018

The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.

Chandrayaan-2 launch delayed to 3 January 2019

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2018

Chandrayaan-2, expected to launch in October, will now be launching no earlier than 3 January 2019, with its lander and rover touching down in February.

Hayabusa2 descends again, this time to lower than 1000 meters above Ryugu

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2018

This week Hayabusa2 completed its closest approach yet to asteroid Ryugu. In a successful gravity measurement experiment on August 6, the spacecraft dipped to within 1 kilometer of the asteroid.

Parker Solar Probe preview: 10 hot facts about NASA's cool mission to the Sun

Jason Davis • August 09, 2018

This weekend, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft leaves Earth on a mission to touch the Sun.

It's midterm evaluation time for NASA's planetary program

Casey Dreier • August 08, 2018

A new report assesses how NASA’s Planetary Science Division has implemented (or not) the top recommendations of the scientific community for the exploration of the solar system.

LightSail 2 updates: Launch date slips, environmental test complete, new video released

Jason Davis • August 08, 2018

LightSail 2's ride to space won't happen until at least November 30, as SpaceX works through a list of other payloads in line to fly first.

Mastcam-Z Team Blog: A Special Team Photomosaic

Darian Dixon • August 06, 2018

Mastcam-Z will help the Mars 2020 rover explore the surface of Mars. Dozens of amazing scientists and engineers from across the globe contribute to the development of Mastcam-Z. This year, the team photo was taken with our very own Mastcam-Z testbed unit.

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