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Guest blogs from 2016

MENCA brings divine wealth from Mars: First science results from the Mars Orbiter Mission

Syed Maqbool Ahmed • March 02, 2016

MENCA (Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser) is a quadrupole mass spectrometer onboard India's Mars Orbiter Mission, MOM. A report on measurements of neutral species accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters is the first peer-reviewed scientific result from the mission.

How Does a NASA Scientist End Up Working on an ESA Mission?

Jason Rhodes • March 01, 2016

Cosmologist Jason Rhodes details the path he took to play a leading role in a European mission designed to learn about dark energy.

Dawn Journal: Success at Ceres

Marc Rayman • March 01, 2016

More than eight years after leaving Earth behind for an ambitious deep space adventure, the Dawn mission has now collected all of the data originally planned. Chief Engineer and Mission Director Marc Rayman brings us an update.

Atlanta Students Bring Mars to Earth

Mark Sequeira • February 26, 2016

A group of students from Georgia, USA, were able to explore Mars through the Mars Express #VMCschools campaign, with a little help from The Planetary Society's image processing tutorials.

NASA's New Budget Would Gut Europa But Otherwise Support Planetary Exploration

Van Kane • February 18, 2016

It’s clear that the President’s budget officers really don’t want to fund a mission to Europa. Other than that, the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget submitted by the President last week to Congress would be great for planetary exploration.

The Sea That Has Become Known

Porter McDonald • February 12, 2016

Artist Porter McDonald describes his latest painting, Mare Cognitum, which features NASA's Ranger 7 spacecraft.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 4284 - February 11, 2016

Larry Crumpler • February 11, 2016

Opportunity is continuing to explore the outcrops Marathon Valley, on the west rim of Endeavour crater.

Winter Issue of The Planetary Report is Here!

Donna Stevens • February 11, 2016

The winter issue of The Planetary Report is at the printer and will be in your mailbox soon if you're a member of The Planetary Society. (And if you're not, join now!)

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Turns 12! Embarks on Electric Slide

A.J.S. Rayl • February 04, 2016

On January 24th, the veteran Mars Exploration Rover (MER) wrapped the last day of her 12th year of surface operations on Mars, marking an extraordinary, historic achievement for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) mission.

Dawn Journal: Measuring Light

Marc Rayman • February 01, 2016

Chief Engineer and Mission Director Marc Rayman explains some of the measurements the Dawn mission is taking at Ceres, most of which depend on sunlight.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 4270 - January 28, 2016

Larry Crumpler • January 29, 2016

On January 23rd, Opportunity celebrated its 12th anniversary of landing on Mars.

Running Down a Comet

Joseph Masiero • January 26, 2016

The Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) telescope has discovered its first comet of 2016.

China invites public on-board its robotic missions; and how to download Chang'e data

Quanzhi Ye • January 25, 2016

China plans a busy future in robotic space exploration. Besides the scientific merit, what interests me most about the upcoming Chang'e 4 mission is their intention to get the public involved.

Europa Budget Bulge

Van Kane • January 25, 2016

Van Kane explains how the key development for NASA’s mission to Europa will be an agreement on how the agency plans to accommodate the monetary bulge that will come from funding the mission.

How REXIS Made It on OSIRIS-REx

Dante Lauretta • January 23, 2016

The OSIRIS-REx instrument team has successfully installed the Regolith X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (REXIS) on the spacecraft. However, there is more to the story of how REXIS made it onto the spacecraft.

The Pioneer Plaque: Science as a Universal Language

Jake Rosenthal • January 20, 2016

In 1972, an attempt to contact extraterrestrial life was cast into space with the launch of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft. What exactly was the message we sent into the cosmos?

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Shadow Play

Adam Block • January 18, 2016

Adam Block brings us his first images processed in the new year, showcasing the beautiful interplay of light and dark.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Finishes Another Record Year, Approaches 12th Anniversary

A.J.S. Rayl • January 08, 2016

Perched on the southern wall of Marathon Valley at Endeavour Crater, Opportunity braved temperatures descending well below -100° F in December to work the winter science campaign and home in on the remnants of ancient clays.

Capturing the Rhythm of Space: Insights from 47th DPS Meeting

Deepak Dhingra • January 07, 2016

The Division of Planetary Science (DPS) Meeting saw many exciting scientific discussions spanning the range of processes on different planetary bodies, as well as their replication in the laboratory and in models.

A Lander for NASA’s Europa Mission

Van Kane • January 05, 2016

While there’s at least eight years until it launches, this has been a pivotal year for developing NASA’s Europa mission.

Dawn Journal: Science on Ceres

Marc Rayman • January 01, 2016

The Dawn mission is developing humankind’s most intimate portrait ever of a dwarf planet. Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman returns with his monthly update on the mission's progress.

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