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Funpost! I do solemnly swear

Jason Davis • April 26, 2018

A far-from-comprehensive look at the oath of office.

Introducing Space Advocacy 101

Casey Dreier • April 25, 2018

Space Advocacy 101 is a new (and free!) online course to help space fans become empowered space advocates.

Pew pew! Lasers will help determine where LightSail 2 is

Jason Davis • April 25, 2018

The International Laser Ranging Service, or ILRS, will lend its services to the LightSail 2 mission.

What kind of asteroid is Ryugu?

Makoto Yoshikawa • April 24, 2018

What do we already know about Ryugu, and why is it so hard to know what it looks like? Hayabusa2 Mission Manger Makoto Yoshikawa

Moon Monday: Prometheus

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2018

Happy Monday! Here's a picture of Prometheus. You may think it's a picture of Saturn. Look hard, toward the bottom, and you'll see Prometheus, doing its part to keep the F ring in line.

OSIRIS-REx shows us space isn't entirely empty

Emily Lakdawalla • April 20, 2018

What a cool photo of OSIRIS-REx's sample return capsule! But wait, what's that black dot near the top?

The Opportunity selfie: 5000 Sols in the making

Doug Ellison • April 20, 2018

A personal story recounts how a NASA team used a microscopic imager to take a selfie of the Opportunity rover.

Funpost! Can you name a space vehicle for each letter of the alphabet?

Jason Davis • April 19, 2018

There are NASA choices for all letters except Y and Z; for those two, you'll need to go international.

Recap: Breakthrough Discuss 2018

Jason Davis • April 18, 2018

If you had a spaceship and could take it anywhere in the solar system to search for life, where would you go?

Curiosity Update, sols 1972-2026: Completing the Vera Rubin Ridge Walkabout

Emily Lakdawalla • April 17, 2018

The Curiosity team has completed its initial survey of the top of Vera Rubin Ridge, and is ready to make another attempt at drilling after the rock at Lake Orcadie proved to be too hard.

Space grade electronics: How NASA’s Juno survives near Jupiter

Jatan Mehta • April 17, 2018

Take a look at how electronics of spacecraft are built to survive the harshness of space environments.

Moon Monday: Deimos

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2018

Digging into the Viking archives to produce a new old composite of Mars' smaller moon.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Hidden in Plain Sight

Adam Block • April 13, 2018

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares of his latest work.

Funpost! A funny thing happened on the way to the Moon

Jason Davis • April 12, 2018

A few ripping good yarns from 1969. And a truly terrifying cartoon.

Diving into Juno JIRAM data archives

Björn Jónsson • April 11, 2018

The Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument can obtain images in two infrared bands. JIRAM can see the nightside of Jupiter (including the winter pole) and takes spectacular animations.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Presses On in Perseverance, Pace Picks Up

A.J.S. Rayl • April 11, 2018

In the west rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity continued her exploration of Perseverance Valley in March.

Seeing InSight

Emily Lakdawalla • April 10, 2018

Last week, I received a golden ticket that gave me rare access to a sacred space: the cleanroom facility where NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, is undergoing final preparations for launch.

The March Equinox 2018 issue of The Planetary Report is here!

Donna Stevens • April 09, 2018

The March Equinox 2018 issue of The Planetary Report has mailed and Planetary Society members can download their digital copy.

Preview: NASA's TESS prepares for 2-year exoplanet hunting mission

Jason Davis • April 09, 2018

The spacecraft is expected to discover 50 new Earth-sized planets and as many as 500 planets smaller than twice the size of Earth.

#LPSC2018: What the Moon's craters tell us about Earth's past climate

Sriparna Saha • April 08, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that studying craters on the Moon can tell us about ancient Earth.

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