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Blog entries by Van Kane

InSight's Problems: Possible Impacts

Van Kane • December 23, 2015 • 4

Van Kane details the potential repercussions of the launch delay of InSight Mars lander on the rest of NASA's Discovery mission program.

New Concepts to Explore the Jovian System

Van Kane • October 28, 2015 • 2

Last year, NASA’s managers invited the European Space Agency to propose a small spacecraft to explore the Jovian system. Van Kane describes the recently-posted results of ESA's concept studies for two possible missions.

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.

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?

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.

Outer Planet News

Van Kane • August 25, 2015 • 6

NASA's Outer Planet Analysis Group is currently meeting to hear the agency's current plans and to provide the feedback of the scientific community on those plans.

MERLIN: The Creative Choices Behind a Proposal to Explore the Martian Moons

Van Kane • August 10, 2015 • 4

Van Kane presents one of the three missions from the latest round of NASA Discovery proposals with the goal of exploring Mars' moons.

Update on NASA Mars Rover Plans

Van Kane • August 05, 2015 • 17

The second in a series of meetings to select the landing site for the Mars 2020 rover is in progress. Van Kane gives us an update.

Proposals to Explore the Solar System’s Smallest Worlds

Van Kane • July 27, 2015 • 10

Van Kane rounds up some of the latest NASA Discovery mission proposals aiming to explore our solar system's smallest bodies.

MarCO: Planetary CubeSats Become Real

Van Kane • July 08, 2015 • 4

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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