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SpaceNews Highlights the Planetary Society's Advocacy Work

Casey Dreier • August 30, 2013

The Planetary Society is "making a difference" in the space industry, according to SpaceNews, the world's leading newspaper covering the space business.

Finally, an FY13 NASA Planetary Budget, Just 11 Months Late

Van Kane • August 30, 2013

The final news for NASA's Planetary Science program is better than had been proposed, but still a substantial cut over the previous year. There may be serious future consequences as a result of the smaller program.

Dawn Journal: Distant interplanetary adventurer

Marc Rayman • August 30, 2013

Traveling confidently and alone, Dawn continues to make its way through the silent depths of the main asteroid belt. The interplanetary adventurer is on its long journey to the uncharted dwarf planet Ceres, by far the largest of all asteroids.

Bruce Murray: Personal Reflections of a Former Student

Bruce Betts • August 29, 2013

I am saddened by the loss of my professor and mentor, Bruce Murray. I celebrate him here by sharing some personal memories and reflections. There is much to respect, and also much to amuse as we reflect on the life of this great man.

Bruce Murray (1931-2013)

Louis D. Friedman and Charlene Anderson • August 29, 2013

One of the most remarkable minds of 20th century exploration was stilled this morning, August 29, 2013, when Bruce C. Murray died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 81. The Planetary Society owes its existence to Bruce.

Results of ten Venus years of cloud tracking by Venus Express

Emily Lakdawalla • August 29, 2013

What Venus Express' Visual Monitoring Camera images of Venus have taught us about the motions of Venus' atmosphere.

Chang'e 3 proceeding toward December 1 launch

Emily Lakdawalla • August 28, 2013

News agencies are reporting that China's soft lunar lander and rover, Chang'e 3, has passed its final critical reviews and is now proceeding toward launch.

China Goes to the Moon and Beyond?

Mat Kaplan • August 27, 2013

Planetary Radio guest Leonard David has been writing about space exploration for more than five decades. He has collected analysis from around the world about China's big plans for space exploration.

The Walls of the Pit

Bill Dunford • August 26, 2013

A deep lunar crater exposes some of the Moon's secrets.

Probing Titan's Atmosphere

Sarah Hörst • August 26, 2013

By now I hope that everyone has seen some of the spectacular images of the Saturn system (and especially Titan!) from the Cassini-Huygens mission. However, the measurements that often make my heart race are taken by instruments that reveal Titan in ways that our eyes cannot see.

New Horizons: Late in Cruise, and a Binary Ahoy

Alan Stern • August 24, 2013

New Horizons has just completed a summer of intensive activities and entered hibernation on Aug. 20. The routine parts of the activities included thorough checkouts of all our backup systems (result: they work fine!) and of all our scientific instruments (they work fine too!).

Updates on Curiosity from Ken Herkenhoff: Embarking for Mount Sharp (sols 326-372)

Ken Herkenhoff • August 23, 2013

United States Geological Survey scientist Ken Herkenhoff posts regular updates on the Curiosity science team's plans for the rover on Mars.

Small Could Be Beautiful - Planetary SmallSats

Van Kane • August 23, 2013

A new breed of small planetary spacecraft may allow for more frequent flights to the planets for highly focused missions.

LADEE prepares for launch

Emily Lakdawalla • August 22, 2013

LADEE's launch window opens two weeks from today, on September 6. The brief little mission aims to study the lunar atmosphere and dust environment before future soft landings disturb its currently pristine state.

Photo gallery: MAVEN being prepped for launch

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2013

Watching MAVEN go through its final launch preparations via the photo gallery at the Kennedy Media Archive.

Producing global views of Vesta from archival data

Björn Jónsson • August 21, 2013

Björn Jónsson produces beautiful color and 3D global mosaics of Vesta from Dawn's archival data.

A special Phobos eclipse

Emily Lakdawalla • August 20, 2013

Those sneaky scientists on Curiosity managed to catch a Phobos transit of the Sun with one set of cameras, and to watch its shadow darkening the surface with another. COOL!

Caution: Spacecraft Under Construction

Mat Kaplan • August 20, 2013

Join Emily Lakdawalla and Mat Kaplan inside JPL's High Bay 1, where two Earth-revealing missions are being readied for launch.

A Map of the Evening Star

Bill Dunford • August 20, 2013

Beautiful maps of a mysterious place.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 3397 - August 13, 2013

Larry Crumpler • August 18, 2013

Opportunity arrived at the base of the next segment of the Endeavour crater rim and is now investigating the contact.

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