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Mars 2020 and the Adaptive Caching Assembly: An Intern’s Perspective

Jake Rosenthal • October 12, 2015 • 10

Jet Propulsion Laboratory summer intern Jake Rosenthal shares his thoughts on the Mars 2020 sample caching technology currently in development.

Discovery Finalists

Van Kane • October 09, 2015 • 6

Van Kane rounds up the missions selected to move onto the next round in NASA's Discovery proposal process.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Rocks on Ancient Water During Walkabout

A.J.S. Rayl • October 02, 2015 • 1

Opportunity continued her walkabout around Marathon Valley in September and sent home more evidence of significant water alteration and, perhaps, an ancient environment inviting enough for the emergence of life.

Dawn Journal: 8 Years in Space

Marc Rayman • September 28, 2015 • 18

On the 8th anniversary of the launch of the Dawn spacecraft, Chief Engineer and Mission Director Marc Rayman gives his annual summary of Dawn’s progress on its interplanetary travels.

Towards a Jupiter Weather Forecast

Leigh Fletcher • September 24, 2015

Trying to keep track of the ever-changing face of Jupiter is a pretty big challenge—its a dynamic world that can fascinate and surprise every time we turn our telescopes towards it.

Xtronaut – A New Approach to Education and Public Outreach

Dante Lauretta • September 22, 2015

Historically, NASA missions set aside a portion of their budgets for education and public outreach, or EPO. However, the OSIRIS-REx EPO budget got deleted in 2013 as part of a broader federal policy change. Dante Lauretta decided to make a run at a private company to recover the lost OSIRIS-REx EPO program – and Xtronaut was born!

Searching for the Origins of Earth’s Water

Van Kane • September 17, 2015 • 1

Three recently proposed low-cost space missions all aim to answer the same question: Where did Earth's abundant water come from?

Finding the Surveyor retro-rockets on the Moon

Phil Stooke • September 15, 2015 • 5

Planetary scientist Phil Stooke may have found the retro-rockets from NASA's Lunar Surveyor missions, sent to the Moon in preparation for Apollo.

A Workhorse at Mars

Tanya Harrison • September 11, 2015 • 2

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) is almost a silent star at Mars. The latest MRO data release brought the total number of available CTX images to over 70,000, covering well over 90% of the Red Planet at a stunning resolution of 6 meters per pixel.

IceBreaker: The Search for Life on Mars

Van Kane • September 08, 2015 • 3

The IceBreaker mission, proposed to NASA's Discovery program for low-cost missions, would seek out life on the northern plains of Mars.

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