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Hayabusa 2 launches toward asteroid rendezvous

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/12/03 12:48 CST | 4 comments

Hayabusa 2 successfully launched on December 3, 2014 at 04:22 UTC, and embarked on its interplanetary journey about two hours later. During the launch, cameras captured video of the spacecraft fairing separation.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Roves from Wdowiak Ridge into Network of Fractures
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Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2014/12/03 12:13 CST | 1 comments

Last month, the Earth's longest-lived and most traveled robot on another planet drove into a network of fractures the likes of which the scientists had never seen before on Mars and wound up working there through the end of the month – and then something not completely unexpected happened.

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Orion L-2 Report: The Old Gives Way to the New

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/12/02 04:06 CST

With less than two days before Orion's maiden voyage, NASA and United Launch Alliance are cautiously optimistic the flight will launch Thursday as scheduled.

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Reviews of space-themed books for kids (2014)

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/12/02 03:43 CST

It's that time of year again! I have a pile of great space-themed books for kids of all ages to recommend, both fiction and nonfiction.

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Hayabusa 2 is about to launch! [UPDATED]

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/12/02 10:54 CST

Hayabusa 2's H-IIA rocket has just reached its launchpad! Japan's next asteroid sample return mission was supposed to launch this weekend, but weather has not been good at the Tanegashima launch site and it has been delayed four days already. If the weather holds, it will launch December 3 at 04:22 UT (13:22 JST, or December 2 at 20:22, PT). UPDATED to add links to live webcasts.

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Selecting the Next Creative Idea for Exploring the Solar System

Posted by Van Kane on 2014/12/01 07:39 CST

With the release of the official Announcement of Opportunity (AO) early in November, NASA has officially begun the competition to select its next low cost ($450M) Discovery program planetary mission. Because planetary scientists are free to propose missions to any destination in the solar system other than the sun and Earth, these competitions bring out the creativity in the planetary science program.

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Your Timeline of Events for Orion's Maiden Voyage

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/12/01 04:39 CST

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is ready to embark on its maiden voyage this Thursday. Here is a timeline of events.

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Dawn Journal: Looking Ahead at Ceres

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2014/12/01 02:51 CST | 1 comments

This month, Marc Rayman looks ahead to some upcoming activities for Dawn as it approaches the dwarf planet Ceres.

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“Wanderers”: A Glorious New Film About Where We May Voyage

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/12/01 02:14 CST | 3 comments

Mat Kaplan gives his take on the stunningly beautiful short film that's been making the rounds on the internet, "Wanderers," by Erik Wernquist.

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Some Recent Views of Mars from Hubble

Posted by Ted Stryk on 2014/11/26 04:50 CST

Ted Stryk showcases some of his processed versions of recent Hubble Space Telescope views of Mars.

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Join me in Washington, D.C. for a post-Thanksgiving Celebration of Planetary Exploration

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/11/26 11:54 CST

See Bill Nye, Europa scientist Kevin Hand, and Mars scientist Michael Meyer speak at a special event on Capitol Hill on December 2nd.

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United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/26 11:28 CST

When Orion launches next week, you may notice something alarming: The spacecraft's rocket sort of catches itself on fire. But not to worry, says United Launch Alliance.

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A Rich Potpourri of Future Mission Concepts

Posted by Van Kane on 2014/11/26 05:01 CST

The past few months have brought announcements for new missions from India and China as well as a wealth of creative ideas for future missions.

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The Science of “Bennu’s Journey”

Posted by Dante Lauretta on 2014/11/25 06:17 CST

The OSIRIS-REx project released Bennu’s Journey, a movie describing one possible history of our target asteroid – Bennu. The animation is among the most highly detailed productions created by Goddard’s Conceptual Image Laboratory.

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Field Report from Mars: Sol 3848 — November 20, 2014

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2014/11/25 11:01 CST

Larry Crumpler returns with an update on Opportunity's recent activities, and its road ahead.

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Calling Serious Asteroid Hunters
New Shoemaker NEO Grant Call for Proposals

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2014/11/24 10:00 CST

I am happy to announce a new call for proposals for The Planetary Society’s Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grant program. Proposals are due Feb. 2, 2015.

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Close to the end for Venus Express

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2014/11/24 02:42 CST

Venus Express is nearly out of fuel. Any day could be the last of its long mission to Venus.

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In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Launches to Station

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/24 01:48 CST

Three more humans are in space today following the launch of Soyuz TMA-15M from the chilly steppes of Kazakhstan.

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Quick update about our website

Posted by Karen Hames on 2014/11/21 06:50 CST

The last two weeks have been extraordinary for The Planetary Society. As amazing as this increased traffic is, it has brought to light some issues with our website including latency and missing content that we are still working on fixing.

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Don't Miss This Great New Video About Europa

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2014/11/21 02:38 CST

JPL released a slick new video highlighting the significance of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth.

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