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Here's our exhaustive guide to Trump's 392-word NASA budget
Breaking down the first budget outline for NASA in the Trump Administration

Posted by Casey Dreier on 2017/03/23 04:05 CDT | 3 comments

We break down every sentence from Trump's new NASA budget, so you don't have to

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A repeat of the space shuttle's bold test flight? NASA considers crew aboard first SLS mission

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/23 09:37 CDT | 4 comments

NASA has only flown astronauts aboard a rocket's first flight once, when John Young and Bob Crippen took space shuttle Columbia on the boldest test flight in history. What are the risks of repeating the feat for SLS?

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Unraveling a Martian enigma: The hidden rivers of Arabia Terra

Posted by Joel Davis on 2017/03/21 11:01 CDT

Arabia Terra has always been a bit of a martian enigma. Planetary scientist Joel Davis takes us on a tour of its valley networks and their significance in telling the story of water on Mars.

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Signed, sealed but not delivered: LightSail 2 awaits ship date

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/20 06:00 CDT | 1 comments

Following a pre-ship review at Planetary Society headquarters, LightSail 2 is ready to be integrated with its Prox-1 partner spacecraft. The final shipping schedule, however, has yet to be determined.

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Trump's first budget proposal is out. Here's how NASA fared

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/16 07:08 CDT | 16 comments

NASA escaped a large-scale budget slash, and planetary science fared well. ARM is canceled, the Moon-versus-Mars debate is not mentioned, and Earth science stands to lose some missions.

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Postcard from Kentucky: Space in the Bluegrass State

Posted by Wayne Hall on 2017/03/16 06:00 CDT

In Kentucky, some very driven people are writing their own chapter of space exploration based on vision, entrepreneurial risk, and scientific and engineering know-how. Wayne Hall shares their stories.

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Nerds Solving Problems - NSTA 2017, Los Angeles

Posted by Bill Nye on 2017/03/14 10:57 CDT

Every year, teachers and educators gather by the thousands at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference. We at The Planetary Society will be there again this year to share our love of space science and exploration with the people who are shaping the future—people like you.

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You’ve met Saturn’s ravioli-shaped moon, Pan. Now learn how it was discovered

Posted by Mark Showalter on 2017/03/13 01:22 CDT | 2 comments

Planetary astronomer Mark Showalter tells the story of when he became the first human to ever set eyes on Saturn's strange moon Pan in 1990.

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Field Report from Mars: Sol 4662 - March 6, 2017

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2017/03/11 04:02 CST | 1 comments

For nearly two years, Opportunity's world has been tilted 10–25 degrees as it drove down to the lower slopes of the wall of Endeavour Crater. Toward the end of last week, Opportunity pulled itself up and over the lip of the crater.

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Cassini, with only a half-year to go at Saturn, just keeps dropping awesome images

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/09 11:38 CST | 7 comments

Our latest roundup of Cassini goodies from Saturn includes Pan, a ravioli-shaped moon that orbits inside the planet's ring system.

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NASA, ISS partners quietly completing design of possible Moon-orbiting space station

Posted by Anatoly Zak on 2017/03/09 06:00 CST | 11 comments

Could NASA and its international partners construct a space station in orbit around the Moon? Possible designs are being finalized, but the Trump administration has yet to weigh in on the agency's human spaceflight program.

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This company launches balloons to the edge of space. Will the business float?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/08 06:00 CST

World View, a self-described “stratospheric exploration” company, recently unveiled its new headquarters in Tucson, Arizona.

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MAVEN dodges Phobos, with (maybe) a little help from Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2017/03/06 06:00 CST | 2 comments

This week MAVEN had to execute a short rocket burn in order to prevent a future collision with Phobos. Curiosity (and other rovers) may have played a role in those trajectory predictions.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Reaches Top of Endeavour Rim, Wraps Cape Tribulation
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Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2017/03/03 07:54 CST | 5 comments

Driving the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) mission further into its fourteenth year of surface operations, Opportunity continued hiking the slopes of Cape Tribulation in February and finally reached the crest of Endeavour Crater’s western rim.

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SpaceX plans to send tourists around the Moon in 2018. Here's why that may not happen

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/03 06:00 CST | 21 comments

Two private citizens are paying SpaceX for a 2018 flight around the Moon. Is that timeline realistic?

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Dawn Journal: Intricate Maneuvers

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2017/03/02 09:00 CST | 2 comments

The Dawn mission is executing an ambitious bonus goal recently devised for its extended mission. Mission Manager and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman brings us his monthly update.

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