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Blog entries by Van Kane

Here's what we know about the 12 proposals for NASA's next New Frontiers mission

Van Kane • August 10, 2017 • 2

NASA officials are in the process of selecting the agency’s next planetary science mission from a field of 12 competitors.

How we would explore Uranus or Neptune

Van Kane • July 06, 2017 • 2

One fact dominates the planning for any mission to Uranus or Neptune: They lie far from the sun. A newly released NASA report looks at how we can explore these icy giants.

Explorer of Enceladus and Titan

Van Kane • February 01, 2017 • 6

For the third time in less than a decade, scientists have proposed a multiple-flyby mission to explore the habitability of Saturn’s ocean moons Titan and Enceladus.

Lucy and Psyche Asteroid Missions

Van Kane • January 09, 2017 • 9

Last week, NASA selected its thirteenth and fourteenth missions in its low cost Discovery program.

Countdown to the Next NASA Discovery Mission Selection

Van Kane • December 08, 2016 • 8

If NASA’s managers hold to their schedule, we will learn sometime this month what NASA’s next planetary mission will be.

Selecting the Next New Frontiers Mission

Van Kane • August 29, 2016 • 13

NASA’s managers have begun the process for a competition to select a new planetary mission to launch in the mid-2020s that will address one of the most important questions in planetary science.

Red Dragon and Planetary Exploration

Van Kane • June 10, 2016 • 5

If SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft becomes a standard catalog item that could ordered, the way a launch vehicle is, what might the impact be on planetary exploration?

Defining the Missions for the Ocean Worlds

Van Kane • April 12, 2016 • 2

At a recent meeting of an advisory group for NASA, the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science (CAPS), Jim Green, the head of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, and Barry Goldstein from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, provided updates on plans to explore our solar system's ocean worlds.

Challenges to Enabling a Richer Planetary Exploration Program

Van Kane • March 21, 2016 • 5

This past week brought to the fore two challenges for NASA’s managers as they try to enable the richest possible mix of coming planetary missions. At stake are whether the agency will be able to select two Discovery missions from the current competition, and whether there will be the possibility of a mission selected for Enceladus and/or Titan in the next decade.

NASA's New Budget Would Gut Europa But Otherwise Support Planetary Exploration

Van Kane • February 18, 2016 • 8

It’s clear that the President’s budget officers really don’t want to fund a mission to Europa. Other than that, the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget submitted by the President last week to Congress would be great for planetary exploration.

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