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Dawn Journal: Ceres' Intriguing Geology

Marc Rayman • June 30, 2015

Dawn is continuing to unveil a Ceres of mysteries at the first dwarf planet discovered. Mission Director Marc Rayman gives us an update.

Five steps to prevent asteroid impacts

Bruce Betts • June 30, 2015

For Asteroid Day, Bruce Betts reviews 5 steps needed to prevent asteroid impacts, as well as how The Planetary Society is involved in those.

We're moving!

Jennifer Vaughn • June 29, 2015

It's really happening. We're leaving our home of five years on South Grand and heading to our new home just two miles east on South Los Robles.

SpaceX Rocket Breaks Apart En Route to International Space Station

Jason Davis • June 28, 2015

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean during today's flight to the International Space Station.

Of Course I Still Love You, Falcon: New SpaceX Ship Ready to Catch Rockets

Jason Davis • June 25, 2015

SpaceX is gearing up for its seventh paid cargo run to the International Space Station, and the third attempt to catch the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the ocean.

Inclusive Astronomy Conference

Meredith Rawls • June 25, 2015

Last week, more than 150 astronomers gathered in Nashville for a conference to examine fundamental questions in our field: Who gets to practice astronomy? How can we make astronomy more inclusive?

What to expect when you're expecting a flyby: Planning your July around New Horizons' Pluto Pictures (version 2)

Emily Lakdawalla • June 24, 2015

Three months ago, I posted an article explaining what to expect during the flyby. This is a revised version of the same post, with some errors corrected, the expected sizes of Nix and Hydra updated, and times of press briefings added.

New Horizons update: Resolving features on Charon and seeing in color

Emily Lakdawalla • June 23, 2015

Only about three weeks remain until the flyby — it's getting really close! I almost don't want the anticipation to end. New Horizons is now getting color images and is seeing features on Charon. Deep searches have yielded no new moons.

Preparing America’s Spaceport for NASA’s New Rocket

Jason Davis • June 22, 2015

At Kennedy Space Center, NASA's ground systems program prepares for the first flight of the Space Launch System in 2018.

Thank You, LightSail Trackers

Jason Davis • June 19, 2015

A thank-you to all the space enthusiasts who helped track LightSail during its 25-day test mission.

Transient hot spots on Venus: Best evidence yet for active volcanism

Emily Lakdawalla • June 18, 2015

In a paper released in Geophysical Research Letters today, Eugene Shalygin and coauthors have announced the best evidence yet for current, active volcanism on Venus. The evidence comes from the Venus Monitoring Camera, which saw transient hot spots in four locations along a system of rifts near Venus' equator. They saw the hot spots in two distinct episodes in 2008 and 2009.

Philae is awake! What's next for the comet lander's scientific mission?

Emily Lakdawalla • June 17, 2015

I woke up early Sunday morning to the dramatic news: Philae is back! With a few days to consider the telemetry, the Philae team is now talking about the science they hope to do. With comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko approaching perihelion in August, it's going to be an exciting ride.

Pluto and Charon spin among the stars

Emily Lakdawalla • June 16, 2015

I've spent a happy couple of days playing with raw data downloaded from the New Horizons website, making animations of the dances of Pluto and Charon.

Welcome home, AstroSamantha

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2015

Three astronauts have returned to Earth, and while I'm happy that they landed safely, I'm very sad that astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is not in space anymore to wish us "buona notte dallo spazio" with her lovely photos and piquant comments.

LightSail Test Mission Ends with Fiery Reentry

Jason Davis • June 15, 2015

The LightSail test mission is officially over. Following a 25-day stay in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft tumbled back into Earth’s atmosphere Sunday afternoon.

Tonight I Glimpsed LightSail

Bill Nye • June 14, 2015

Tonight, for the first time, I glimpsed our spacecraft with my own eyes. It was just the faintest pinprick against the bright lights of the big city. But, there it was right on time and exactly per the coordinates.

In Pictures: LightSail’s Final Days in Space

Jason Davis • June 12, 2015

LightSail’s brief stay in orbit is almost over. Here are a few photos and videos of the spacecraft from observers around the world.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4039 - June 4, 2015

Larry Crumpler • June 12, 2015

Larry Crumpler gives an update on the Opportunity rover and plans for its upcoming journey after solar conjunction.

Telling Pluto’s Story, One Fragment at a Time

Mark Showalter • June 11, 2015

Mark Showalter explains how determining basic information about Pluto's small moons—Kerberos and Styx—is more complicated than initially thought.

Pretty (Partial) Picture: LightSail Catches a Glimpse of Earth

Jason Davis • June 10, 2015

With the team still trying to download an image from LightSail's second camera, Emily Lakdawalla processed a partial image from the first camera that contains a slice of Earth.

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