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LightSail 2 partner spacecraft ships safely to New Mexico

Jason Davis • June 02, 2017

Georgia Tech's Prox-1 spacecraft has arrived at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where it will be integrated with LightSail 2. The SmallSats will ride to orbit on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in December 2017 or later.

Parker Solar Probe: NASA renames upcoming mission to touch the Sun

Jason Davis • May 31, 2017

NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft will repeatedly dive through the Sun's corona, giving scientists their first-ever up-close look at our star.

Dawn Journal: Adaptations

Marc Rayman • May 30, 2017

On the other side of the solar system, invisible by virtue both of the blinding glare of the sun and by the vastness of the distance, Dawn is continuing its remarkable cosmic adventure.

The Planetary Society’s Canadian Initiative

Kate Howells • May 26, 2017

It’s an exciting time for Canada in space. It’s also an exciting time for Canadian space advocacy, as The Planetary Society's Global Community Outreach Manager Kate Howells describes.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Waltzing Through the Universe

Adam Block • May 25, 2017

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block brings us more of his stunning images of the universe—this time of cosmic dances through space.

NASA's 2018 budget request is here, and we broke down the details

Jason Davis • May 23, 2017

The White House's 2018 federal budget request includes $19.1 billion for NASA, which is a 3 percent drop from 2017. We broke down the details.

Here's what you need to know about the Electron rocket, which is set to launch from New Zealand

Jason Davis • May 19, 2017

Rocket Lab's Electron, a light-lift launcher for small satellites, is ready to make its debut test flight from a peninsula in New Zealand.

Orbital ATK discusses Antares rocket's future, confirms new NASA cargo mission

Jason Davis • May 19, 2017

Company officials say they have no plans to retire Antares, which has secured its first mission order under the second round of NASA's commercial cargo flights, known as CRS-2.

Saturn's small satellites, to scale

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2017

Emily shares another of her popular size comparisons of solar system bodies, taking advantage of Cassini's recent views of Saturn's tiniest moons.

Jupiter from New Horizons

Alex Parker • May 16, 2017

Using new image processing techniques, Alex Parker brings new life to an old image of Jupiter captured by the New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto over a decade ago.

Cassini's 'Grand Finale' Portrait of Saturn

Ian Regan • May 16, 2017

Amateur image processor Ian Regan shares a stunning mosaic of Saturn in all its ringed glory.

The anatomy of a delay: Here's a timeline of twists and turns for NASA's SLS and Orion programs

Jason Davis • May 15, 2017

The Space Launch System and Orion won't fly until 2019, and NASA is sticking with its original plan not to include astronauts for the maiden mission. Here is a timeline of some of the programs' major twists and turns over the years.

Geology on Mars: Using stratigraphic columns to tell the story of Gale Crater

Heidi Stauffer • May 15, 2017

Stratigraphic columns are a basic tool in geology, used on both Earth and Mars to tell the story of a location. But what are they really?

Radar in Earth and Planetary Science, Part 2

Heather Hunter • May 12, 2017

Heather Hunter brings us the next installment in her series on radio detection and ranging.

Does NASA get its money's worth for Antares-Cygnus flights?

Jason Davis • May 11, 2017

Despite being funded to fill a perceived gap in U.S. launch capabilities, Orbital ATK's Antares rocket has yet to find a customer besides NASA. Did the space agency get its money's worth?

Bill Nye Honors Carl Sagan, Talks LightSail® on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Erin Greeson • May 09, 2017

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” In a nod to Sagan (Bill’s Astronomy professor at Cornell University), Bill unveiled his own shiny version of a crude model.

A journey to Jupiter: Amateur astronomers create 1,000-image video of planet in motion

Peter Rosén • May 09, 2017

Peter Rosén shares an amazing animation of Jupiter made from more than 1,000 images taken by 91 amateurs from around the world.

Saturn and Titan in the Milky Way

Emily Lakdawalla • May 08, 2017

An unusual photo of Saturn by astrophotographer Damian Peach shows the planet and its largest moon nestled among the star-filled lane of the Milky Way.

Planetary Science Just Got Its Best Budget in Years

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2017

The President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, funding the U.S. government for the remainder of the fiscal year. NASA got a boost to $19.65 billion, and its Planetary Science Division saw a budget increase to $1.846 billion—its best budget in more than ten years.

Earth's ring system: This mosaic shows 46+ geostationary satellites in one image

Adam Block • May 05, 2017

Astrophotographer Adam Block captures 46 geostationary satellites, plus some unnamed stragglers, in one 10-frame image mosaic.

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