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Voyager: A Tribute

Posted by Stephen J. Pyne on 2013/09/25 11:15 CDT | 2 comments

The Voyagers were special when they launched. They have become more so thanks to their longevity, the breadth of their discoveries, the cultural payload they carried, and the sheer audacity of their quest.

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Dawn on Mars: Waypoint 1 Mysteries

Posted by Dawn Sumner on 2013/09/24 06:38 CDT

Dawn Sumner describes the preparations for maximizing the science at Curiosity's short stop at "Waypoint 1" from sols 385 to 401.

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Field Report From Mars: Sol 3431 - September 18, 2013

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2013/09/18 11:27 CDT | 2 comments

On sol 3425 Opportunity "waded ashore" at Solander Point after crossing a sea of sand between here and Cape York. Cape York was an "island" remnant of the rim of Endeavour crater that Opportunity left back in May. Since then it has been driving south to the next largest and mountainous remnant of the crater rim, Solander Point.

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Working Together - Scientists & Historians, Professionals & Amateurs

Posted by Fran Bagenal on 2013/09/18 10:53 CDT

From October 6 to 11, two divisions of the American Astronomical Society - Planetary Science and History - are meeting together for a combined annual conference. There will be several opportunities for the public to participate: a free public talk, several webcast lectures, a special online event for the Juno flyby of Earth, and a pro-am workshop on how amateur astronomers can contribute to planetary science.

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Riding Along With Mars Express

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2013/09/16 06:03 CDT | 1 comment

Take a spin around the Red Planet with the trusty orbiter.

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New Messages from Mercury

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2013/09/09 10:12 CDT | 7 comments

We have new pictures from planet one.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Begins Science at Base of Solander

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2013/09/04 04:08 CDT | 1 comment

There wasn't a dull moment for the Mars Exploration Rover mission in August as Opportunity drove up to the base of the Solander Point section Endeavour Crater's eroded rim, crossed over a geological boundary between ancient eras, maneuvered through a boulder field, scooting unscathed from a near-miss with a rock that could have ended it all, and at month's end delivered her team to what looks to be another scientific gemstone on the Red Planet.

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Bill Nye takes to the dance floor

Posted by Abigail Fraeman on 2013/09/04 11:51 CDT | 2 comments

It was announced this morning that Bill will be appearing as a contestant on the American hit show, “Dancing with the Stars”. I am so excited. "How will Bill fare?" you may ask. Consider the following...

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Dancing With The Stars

Posted by Bill Nye on 2013/09/04 09:50 CDT | 43 comments

Something remarkable has come up. I've been cast as a 'star' on Dancing With The Stars here in the US. (For our British readers, it's a very similar format to your Strictly Come Dancing.) As unusual as this may seem, I believe we can broaden awareness of the Society and thereby humankind's exploration of the Cosmos one ballroom dance at a time.

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Finally, an FY13 NASA Planetary Budget, Just 11 Months Late

Posted by Van Kane on 2013/08/30 05:32 CDT | 10 comments

The final news for NASA's Planetary Science program is better than had been proposed, but still a substantial cut over the previous year. There may be serious future consequences as a result of the smaller program.

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