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When Space Science Becomes a Political Liability

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2018 • 3

John Culberson, an 8-term Texas Republican and staunch supporter the search for life on Europa, lost his re-election bid last week. His support for Europa was attacked by opponents and could send a chilling political message about the consequences of supporting space science and exploration.

In search of ice and fire: Europa analog fieldwork in Iceland, 2018

Conor Nixon • October 24, 2018 • 2

The terrain of Iceland – the Land of Ice and Fire – has some very interesting similarities to Europa.

Moon Monday: Galileo's Galileans

Emily Lakdawalla • April 02, 2018 • 1

This week it seems fitting to feature a portrait of the Galilean moons by Galileo.

#LPSC2018: Groovy Galilean satellites

Harriet Brettle • March 30, 2018 • 1

The Jovian system is a busy place. The Groovy Galilean Satellites session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) covered analysis of past mission data, testable hypotheses for future missions, and discussion of the use of ground-based data.

How the Falcon Heavy could revolutionize exploration of the ocean worlds

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2018 • 8

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is not just for big payloads, it can also throw light things into space very fast. And that has significant implications for the exploration of distant destinations in our outer solar system—particularly the ocean moons of the giant planets.

No plumes? No problem. How Europa Clipper will analyze an icy moon's ocean

Jason Davis • January 11, 2018 • 4

Europa doesn't have grandiose plumes like Enceladus. So how will the Clipper mission figure out what's in Europa's ocean?

Clipper Slipper

Jason Davis • November 28, 2017 • 7

Will NASA's Space Launch System be ready to launch a Europa mission in 2022?

Explore spinnable Saturn and Jupiter moons with Google Maps

Emily Lakdawalla • October 27, 2017 • 2

Google Maps released several new map products that allow you to see the locations of named features on many solar system planets and non-planets, spinning them around in space with your mouse.

Voyager 40th anniversary: The transformation of the solar system

Ted Stryk • August 23, 2017 • 2

The Voyager missions transformed most of the large worlds of the solar system from points of light into places to be explored.

Congress gives NASA's planetary science division some love (and a Mars orbiter)

Jason Davis • July 19, 2017 • 1

The House of Representatives proposed $2.1 billion for NASA's planetary science budget, which would be an all-time high. Part of the increase would be used to start work on a new reconnaissance and communications orbiter.

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