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Guest blogs from 2018

The Opportunity selfie: 5000 Sols in the making

Doug Ellison • April 20, 2018

A personal story recounts how a NASA team used a microscopic imager to take a selfie of the Opportunity rover.

Space grade electronics: How NASA’s Juno survives near Jupiter

Jatan Mehta • April 17, 2018

Take a look at how electronics of spacecraft are built to survive the harshness of space environments.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Hidden in Plain Sight

Adam Block • April 13, 2018

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares of his latest work.

Diving into Juno JIRAM data archives

Björn Jónsson • April 11, 2018

The Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument can obtain images in two infrared bands. JIRAM can see the nightside of Jupiter (including the winter pole) and takes spectacular animations.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Presses On in Perseverance, Pace Picks Up

A.J.S. Rayl • April 11, 2018

In the west rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity continued her exploration of Perseverance Valley in March.

The March Equinox 2018 issue of The Planetary Report is here!

Donna Stevens • April 09, 2018

The March Equinox 2018 issue of The Planetary Report has mailed and Planetary Society members can download their digital copy.

#LPSC2018: What the Moon's craters tell us about Earth's past climate

Sriparna Saha • April 08, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that studying craters on the Moon can tell us about ancient Earth.

Dawn Journal: The Final Countdown

Marc Rayman • April 02, 2018

The Dawn mission has only one revolution to go before the spacecraft begins the final campaign of its long and rewarding deep-space adventure.

#LPSC2018: Understanding early Mars through fluvial features

Adeene Denton • April 02, 2018

One of the ways we understand Mars' early climatic and geologic history is through preserved fluvial features.

#LPSC2018: Groovy Galilean satellites

Harriet Brettle • March 30, 2018

The Jovian system is a busy place. The Groovy Galilean Satellites session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) covered analysis of past mission data, testable hypotheses for future missions, and discussion of the use of ground-based data.

#LPSC2018: Mars mass wasting in the laboratory

Jake Robins • March 26, 2018

Mars today is a dynamic place. One visually dramatic sign of change on Mars is "mass wasting," more commonly known as "stuff falling downhill". Scientists presented the results of recent laboratory work on Mars mass wasting at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the Moon!

Karen James • March 16, 2018

Karen James visited a local preschool to share her love for space with a pre-Kindergarten class.

Automating Science on Mars

Raymond Francis and Tara Estlin • March 13, 2018

Since 2016, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has had the ability to choose its own science targets using an onboard intelligent targeting system called AEGIS.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs 5000th Day, Snaps Selfie, and Roves On

A.J.S. Rayl • March 05, 2018

When Opportunity’s 5000th day dawned in February, it was a meaningful milestone for the team, and it led to a personal first for the veteran robot field geologist that has chalked up so many firsts she’s set the standard for Mars rovers.

Luciana, Chilean-American Girl of the Year: Inspire the future with role models from the world's global south

Bárbara Núñez • February 28, 2018

Inspired by the American Girl company's choice of a Chilean-American space fan girl named Luciana for 2018's Girl of the Year, Bárbara Núñez invites you to meet some real-life Chilean woman scientist role models!

Yoshihide Kozai (1928 - 2018)

Konstantin Batygin • February 27, 2018

Caltech planetary scientist Konstantin Batygin pays tribute to a pioneer in celestial mechanics.

Go for GOLD, SES-14!

Heather Hunter • February 22, 2018

While we can measure properties of these upper layers using ground-based instruments, satellite-borne remote sensing instruments can give us a more frequent, global, and often higher spatial resolution perspective. And that is precisely what NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission will deliver.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Mission Completes 14 Years of Exploring, Opportunity Roves into Year 15!

A.J.S. Rayl • January 31, 2018

In January, Opportunity quietly completed 14 years of surface operations on Mars—the longest-lived robot on another planet.

Engineering Qualification Model confirms performance of the Mastcam-Z!

Jim Bell • January 30, 2018

Just this past week, assembly of the Mastcam-Z EQM was completed, and we saw for the first time what one of our Mars zoom cameras would really look like.

Reconstructing the Viking '75 Mars lander Surface Sampler Collector

Tom Dahl • January 29, 2018

Viking enthusiast Tom Dahl has created an animation demonstrating the operation of the Viking lander's Surface Sampler Acquisition Assembly, or "scoop."

International meetings: Moon initiatives

James D. Burke • January 25, 2018

Interest is rising globally in expanded lunar science, resource exploration and eventually permanent human settlement. Also, the potential for commercial lunar enterprises is being seriously examined.

Dawn Journal: 4 Billion Miles

Marc Rayman • January 17, 2018

Permanently in residence at dwarf planet Ceres, Dawn is now preparing to add some finishing touches to its mission.

A new look at Venus with Akatsuki

Damia Bouic • January 16, 2018

Amateur image processor Damia Bouic shares a plethora of stunning new images of Venus captured by a Japanese spacecraft.

Winter 2017/2018 issue of The Planetary Report

Donna Stevens • January 06, 2018

The Winter 2017/2018 issue of The Planetary Report is arriving in Planetary Society members’ mailboxes—but members who like to read their magazine on the screen can pick it up online.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Beats Winter, Wraps 2017, and Heads for 14th Anniversary

A.J.S. Rayl • January 05, 2018

With the Martian winter on the run, Opportunity cruised closer to its 14th anniversary of exploring the Red Planet in December as she deliberated a distinctive “fork in the road” deep in Perseverance Valley and wrapped another record year.

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