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Live from Sagamihara: Akatsuki Orbit Insertion - Second Try

Sanjay Limaye • December 06, 2015 • 1

Venus researcher Sanjay Limaye reports from the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) in Sagamihara on the status of Akatsuki's second Venus orbit insertion attempt.

Back from the Brink: Akatsuki Returns to Venus

Ralph Lorenz • December 04, 2015 • 2

Perhaps forgotten by the general public in the West, a long-lost spacecraft is set to enter orbit around our sister planet in December, picking up where ESA’s Venus Express left off when its operations ended last year.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Reality Bites but Opportunity Climbs to "Treasure Trove"

A.J.S. Rayl • December 03, 2015

Opportunity faced the challenges of winter as well as technological issues in November, but pressed on, hiking up hill and into a geological treasure trove that may well present the scientists with the evidence they need to solve the clay mineral mystery of Marathon Valley.

Dawn Journal: Descent to LAMO

Marc Rayman • December 02, 2015 • 12

Dawn's Chief Engineer and Mission Director Marc Rayman previews what's in store as the spacecraft moves into its final mapping orbit around dwarf planet Ceres.

Fall issue of The Planetary Report is Here!

Donna Stevens • November 30, 2015

At last! The fall issue of The Planetary Report is off the press—or ready for Planetary Society members to download now.

How Can We Write About Science When People Are Dying?

Nadia Drake • November 25, 2015 • 6

Stories about exploration and wonder can be powerful antidotes to seemingly endless suffering and destruction.

DPS 2015: Solar System Formation

Erika Nesvold and John Debes • November 20, 2015 • 2

At the 47th Division of Planetary Systems meeting, many presentations touched on some of the most contentious and poorly known aspects of how planets form.

OSIRIS-REx Progressing Through Environmental Testing

Dante Lauretta • November 16, 2015 • 3

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues to make steady progress toward launch in September 2016. Environmental testing is now underway to ensure the spacecraft is ready for the many conditions it will experience over its mission.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Lesser-Known Beauty

Adam Block • November 13, 2015

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares stunning images of a few rarely-imaged pieces of our universe.

Detecting Dust Devils with Insight

Ralph Lorenz • November 11, 2015

Planetary scientist and dust devil expert Ralph Lorenz describes how the upcoming Mars InSight lander's sensitive seismometer might be able to detect dust devils.

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