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Mapping Europa

Posted by Björn Jónsson on 2015/02/18 01:38 CST | 2 comments

Several global maps have been made of Europa, but amateur image processor Björn Jónsson felt they could be improved—so he decided to make a new one.

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Planetary CubeSats Begin to Come of Age

Posted by Van Kane on 2015/02/17 05:41 CST | 3 comments

Van Kane rounds up some recent planetary mission concepts based on CubeSat technology.

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Planet Formation and the Origin of Life

Posted by Dante Lauretta on 2015/02/09 10:47 CST | 4 comments

To understand the possible distribution of life in the Universe it is important to study planet formation and evolution. These processes are recorded in the chemistry and mineralogy of asteroids and comets, and in the geology of ancient planetary surfaces in our Solar System.

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Rising Stargirls: Girls of All Colors Learning, Exploring, and Discovering

Posted by Aomawa Shields on 2015/02/07 11:38 CST | 1 comment

Aomawa Shields discusses a workshop she designed for underrepresented girls in grades 6-8 that will teach key concepts in astronomy, highlighting what is beyond what we can see with our eyes, using nontraditional methods.

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2016 Budget: Great Policy Document and Much Better Budget Plan

Posted by Van Kane on 2015/02/05 07:25 CST | 12 comments

Van Kane gives a summary of the 53-page proposed Fiscal Year 2016 NASA Planetary Science budget.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Completes 11th Year of Surface Operations!

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/02/03 05:54 CST

On January 24th, something wonderful happened on Mars. Opportunity completed her 11th year of exploring the surface of the Red Planet! The veteran rover couldn't exactly go to Disneyland to celebrate this amazing achievement, so she did what she loves to do – roved on.

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Ceres Coming Into View

Posted by Paul Schenk on 2015/02/03 05:23 CST | 1 comment

Dawn is on approach to Ceres, the largest of the asteroids, and is starting to resolve features.

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Flawed Beauties

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2015/02/02 05:03 CST | 1 comment

More examples of imperfect--but tantalizing--images from deep space.

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Dawn Journal: Closing in on Ceres

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2015/01/30 08:31 CST | 7 comments

Dawn's chief engineer Marc Rayman gives an update on the mission as it gets ever closer to its next target: The dwarf planet Ceres.

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How NASA's Yearly Budget Request Comes Together

Posted by Jason Callahan on 2015/01/29 11:48 CST | 1 comment

It takes a year to make, and is the starting point for all coming debate by Congress. It's the President's Budget Request, and understanding how it comes together is an important part of being an effective space advocate.

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