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2011 HM102: A new companion for Neptune

Alex Parker • April 30, 2013

This month my latest paper made it to print in the Astronomical Journal. It's a short piece that describes a serendipitous discovery that my collaborators and I made while searching for a distant Kuiper Belt Object for the New Horizons spacecraft to visit after its 2015 Pluto flyby.

American Astronomical Society Criticizes NASA Planetary Science Budget

Casey Dreier • April 30, 2013

The AAS made a strong critique of proposed cuts to NASA's Planetary Science program today.

Dark No More: Exploring the Far Side of the Moon

Bill Dunford • April 29, 2013

The first human beings to see the mysterious "dark" side of the moon were not astronauts.

Supersonic flight for SpaceShipTwo

Emily Lakdawalla • April 29, 2013

Virgin Galactic achieved a major milestone today with the first supersonic flight for its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle. The rocket fired for a total of 16 seconds.

Further Analysis of NASA's 2014 Budget Proposal

Van Kane • April 29, 2013

Now that groups and individuals have had time to digest the proposed 2014 NASA Planetary Science budget, they are highlighting the impacts of the proposed cuts. We are also getting the first independent reactions to the proposal to bring an asteroid to lunar orbit as a target for human exploration.

Cutting NASA's Education and Public Outreach Efforts Now Is Short-sighted and Counterproductive

Lars Perkins • April 26, 2013

Lars Perkins, Chairman of NAC's Education Committee, writes a defense of NASA's Education and Outreach efforts, currently facing a major cut and restructuring in 2014.

Curiosity on Mars - Design, Planning, and the First Mars Year of Operations

Emily Lakdawalla • April 26, 2013

Last month, I formally entered a new phase of my career: I signed my first book contract. I'll be writing a book about the Curiosity mission through its prime mission, for Springer-Praxis.

CEO Bill Nye Joins NASA Advisory Council on Education and Public Outreach

Casey Dreier • April 25, 2013

Planetary Society CEO, Bill Nye, just joined the NASA Advisory Council for Education.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: 2014 NASA Budget Update and Planetary Defense Conference Recap

Casey Dreier • April 25, 2013

We take your questions on the 2014 NASA Budget, the Planetary Defense Conference, and Mars One.

Awesome interactive solar system exploration history infographic

Emily Lakdawalla • April 25, 2013

Check out this absolutely wonderful infographic, produced by Olaf Frohn, that summarizes the entire history of solar system exploration.

House NASA Budget Hearing Live-blog

Casey Dreier • April 24, 2013

Live blog of comments and analysis from the House Science Committee's hearing on NASA's 2014 Budget.

An Amazing Evening for Planetary Defense

Mat Kaplan • April 23, 2013

Bill Nye, Bruce Betts, Mat Kaplan, Meteorite Man Geoffrey Notkin and stars of planetary science at the Planetary Defense Conference public event in Flagstaff.

One of my favorite image processing tricks: colorizing images

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2013

An easy image processing trick -- using lower-resolution color data to colorize a black-and-white photo -- is relied upon by many space missions to keep data volumes low. Here's how to do it.

Twitter Accounts for Key Space Representatives

Casey Dreier • April 23, 2013

Here are the official Twitter accounts for key people in Congress associated with supporting Planetary Science.

[updated] Tweet #fundPlanetary Today and Spread the Word to Help Save Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • April 23, 2013

Congress meets this week to discuss the 2014 NASA budget. We need as many people to reach out as possible so Planetary Science is on the agenda.

Planetary Science Is Fading to Black, Claims New Op-Ed

Casey Dreier • April 22, 2013

A powerful new op-ed in SpaceNews traces the inevitable decline of NASA's Planetary Science missions if the current cuts to the program are implemented.

Antares sails test payload into orbit

Jason Davis • April 22, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corporation completed a major milestone for NASA's COTS program as their Antares rocket sent a test payload into orbit.

No Place Like Home

Bill Dunford • April 21, 2013

Mars and Earth share a truly striking family resemblance, but there's no mistaking which one is home.

Mars One astronaut selection announcement

Emily Lakdawalla • April 21, 2013

Today I am on my way to New York City, where I will be serving as the moderator for Mars One's first press briefing.

A walk among the mesas of Deuteronilus Mensae

Emily Lakdawalla • April 19, 2013

Enjoy some pretty pictures of some bizarre terrain on Mars: the mesas of Deuteronilus Mensae.

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