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MarCO: Planetary CubeSats Become Real

Posted by Van Kane on 2015/07/08 09:25 CDT | 3 comments

NASA recently announced the Mars Cube One (MarCO) mission, which will fly two CubeSat spacecraft past Mars as part of its larger InSight Mars mission.

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Explore Pluto in Google Earth!

Posted by Alex Parker on 2015/07/08 01:38 CDT | 3 comments

The Pluto encounter team is producing the first maps of Pluto using images collected by New Horizons. You can now easily download the map and explore the best Pluto maps ever made!

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Saturn in Widescreen: The Voyager 2 Approach Movie

Posted by Ian Regan on 2015/07/07 09:18 CDT | 1 comment

Ian Regan shares his mesmerizing animated sequence of Voyager 2's approach to Saturn—and explains the process behind its creation.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2016 CJS Bill

Posted by Jason Callahan on 2015/07/02 11:34 CDT

Congress has made good progress so far this year in moving the annual appropriations bills that fund the government. However, a looming budget battle over the sequestration and budget caps threaten to sideline progress until Congress and the White House reach agreement. Here’s the current situation.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Phones Home after Conjunction Healthy, Ready to Rove

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/07/02 12:12 CDT | 1 comment

After three weeks of being in a communications blackout on the other side of the Sun during the Earth-Mars solar conjunction, Opportunity phoned home, reporting that she is healthy and ready to continue her mission.

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Dawn Journal: Ceres' Intriguing Geology

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2015/06/30 12:51 CDT | 10 comments

Dawn is continuing to unveil a Ceres of mysteries at the first dwarf planet discovered. Mission Director Marc Rayman gives us an update.

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Inclusive Astronomy Conference

Posted by Meredith Rawls on 2015/06/25 09:00 CDT | 1 comment

Last week, more than 150 astronomers gathered in Nashville for a conference to examine fundamental questions in our field: Who gets to practice astronomy? How can we make astronomy more inclusive?

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Field Report from Mars: Sol 4039 - June 4, 2015

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2015/06/12 08:15 CDT

Larry Crumpler gives an update on the Opportunity rover and plans for its upcoming journey after solar conjunction.

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Telling Pluto’s Story, One Fragment at a Time

Posted by Mark Showalter on 2015/06/11 04:29 CDT | 2 comments

Mark Showalter explains how determining basic information about Pluto's small moons—Kerberos and Styx—is more complicated than initially thought.

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NASA Goes First Class for Europa

Posted by Van Kane on 2015/06/10 12:07 CDT | 9 comments

Over the last several years, engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Applied Physics Laboratory have rethought the entire approach to exploring Europa. NASA now has a concept that's affordable.

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