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JPL's Open House Falls to the Sequester

Casey Dreier • April 18, 2013

JPL announced that its annual open house was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday, another victim of the arbitrary cuts known as the Sequester.

No Hangout This Week

Casey Dreier • April 18, 2013

Due to unusual travel circumstances, we won't be hosting a live hangout this week.

Saving the World: Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners Announced

Bruce Betts • April 17, 2013

What do the discovery of close fly by asteroid 2012 DA14 and the most productive near Earth object (NEO) follow-up tracking program in the world have in common? They were both made possible by Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grants. And, now, we again invest in the future and defending against the asteroid threat to Earth. NEO Shoemaker Award winners for 2013 announced.

Tides of light and ice: Water and rock made from snowmelt on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • April 17, 2013

A recently published paper proposes that much of the sedimentary rock on Mars formed during rare, brief periods of very slight wetness under melting snow.

This Week at The Planetary Defense Conference

Bruce Betts • April 16, 2013

Bruce Betts and The Planetary Society are at the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) in Flagstaff, Arizona. The PDC is held every two years and brings together world experts in saving the world from asteroid impact. The Planetary Society has long been a co-sponsor of the conference. The newest winners in our Shoemaker NEO Grants program will be announced on Wednesday a the conference.

What We're Doing About NASA's Planetary Science Budget Cut

Casey Dreier • April 16, 2013

All cylinders are firing here in the Society as we rev up a big response for the White House's NASA budget that proposes another $200 million cut to Planetary Science.

Help Wanted: Web Editor Intern

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2013

The Planetary Society is looking for a bright, motivated person with superb attentiveness to detail who wants hands-on web editing experience.

Australia comes of age in the satellite world

Michele Bannister • April 15, 2013

On April 9, the current Australian government announced the first formal Australian space policy. Astronomy graduate student Michele Bannister explains what this means for the country.

In a New Light

Bill Dunford • April 15, 2013

Cassini's unique views of Jupiter and Saturn.

Russia's Mars 3 lander maybe found by Russian amateurs

Emily Lakdawalla • April 12, 2013

Виталий Егоров (Vitaliy Egorov) is a Russian space enthusiast who enlisted help of fellow enthusiasts to search for -- and maybe find -- the Russian Mars 3 hardware on the Martian surface. Here he explains how he did it.

NASA's Planetary Doublespeak

Casey Dreier • April 11, 2013

NASA went on an unusual tweet-binge praising planetary science today, saying that the struggling division "thrives" and highlighting various missions mainly developed in better times. NASA made five tweets in a row about planetary science over the course of two hours.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: The Ice Giants, with Heidi Hammel

Emily Lakdawalla • April 11, 2013

My guest this was Planetary Society Board vice president Heidi Hammel. We discussed two planets near and dear to our hearts, Neptune and Uranus. What's new on these icy worlds since Voyager 2 passed by, and what are the prospects for their future exploration?

Antares ready for inaugural flight

Jason Davis • April 11, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation is ready to send their Antares rocket system on its inaugural flight.

First Analysis: the NASA Planetary Science Budget for 2014

Van Kane • April 10, 2013

No mission to Europa, diminished funding for outer planets missions, a small bump to small spacecraft missions, and an increase for asteroid detection are part of the White House's proposal for NASA in 2014.

Bad Budget News for NASA's Planetary Exploration Program

Bill Nye • April 10, 2013

The Administration just released its proposed budget for 2014 and it contains some very bad news for NASA's planetary exploration program. Just three weeks ago the U.S. Congress rejected similar cuts proposed for planetary exploration last year. It was a clear statement of support by both Congress and the public: planetary exploration is an affordable national priority.

2014 NASA Budget Cuts $200 million from Planetary Science -- Again

Casey Dreier • April 10, 2013

NASA's new budget doubles down on cuts to Planetary Science, despite Congress rejecting a similar proposal last year.

Blast from the Past: Spirit's tracks at the "End of the Rainbow"

Emily Lakdawalla • April 09, 2013

Doug Ellison shared this lovely panorama via Twitter over the weekend. It's from the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, taken back in 2004. The drunken path in the foreground is a visual record of just how exciting it was for Spirit to have finally made it to the Columbia Hills, and to rocks that were not fragments of basalt.

One Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • April 08, 2013

Dispatches from five different worlds--all sent by robotic spacecraft on the same day.

More Evidence for a Habitable Mars from EGU 2013

Casey Dreier • April 08, 2013

NASA's Curiosity rover has acquired further evidence that Mars's atmosphere was once dense enough to support liquid water on the surface.

Will the Sequester Take an Outsized Bite from Planetary Science at NASA?

Casey Dreier • April 06, 2013

Despite a $223 million boost from Congress this year, NASA's Planetary Science Division may not be allowed to use that money so NASA can prevent cuts in other programs.

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