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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 • 1

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 • 7

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 • 2

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 • 2

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 • 9

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

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