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Treasure Hunting With Hayabusa2

The Planetary Report • June Solstice 2019

IN THE EARLY hours of 22 February, light was just beginning to brighten the campus of JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) in Kanagawa, Japan. It should have been a quiet time, but the Hayabusa2 control room was packed with people. We were about to land on an asteroid.

Rosetta’s Ancient Comet

The Planetary Report • June Solstice 2019

Rosetta is a European Space Agency mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Operating such a complex mission with its 11 instruments and Philae lander is a success story in itself, but Rosetta’s greatest success is the science it delivered.

How to Send a Camera to Mars

Tina Seeger • June 04, 2019

The next Martian explorer, Mars 2020, currently exists as a robotic skeleton at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Teams across the world are working diligently to construct the instruments that will adorn the rover, inside and out, and thereby give it the tools it needs to explore.

InSight update, sols 43-83: Instrument placement complete

Emily Lakdawalla • February 20, 2019 • 3

InSight has placed its second science instrument on the ground and set it free. Now it's time to bury the heat probe in the soil.

Why are there no stars in most space images?

Emily Lakdawalla • January 28, 2019 • 5

Look up at space at night from a dark location and you can see innumerable stars. Why, then, do photos of so many things in space show black space, devoid of stars?

InSight Update, sols 25-42: Seismometer sensors working!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 09, 2019 • 2

Engineers have leveled the seismometer and made progress on adjusting the position of the tether so that it doesn't interfere for the experiment. Most significantly for the mission, they have balanced the Very Broad Band sensors -- 3 of SEIS’ 6 seismic sensors -- and confirmed that they are generating good data.

What to Expect When InSight Lands on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2018 • 6

If all goes well, anxious space fans on Earth will learn of a successful InSight landing on Mars on Monday, 26 November 2018, at 19:53 UTC. Here's a preview of all the landing day events.

Mastcam-Z Team Blog: A Special Team Photomosaic

Darian Dixon • August 06, 2018 • 1

Mastcam-Z will help the Mars 2020 rover explore the surface of Mars. Dozens of amazing scientists and engineers from across the globe contribute to the development of Mastcam-Z. This year, the team photo was taken with our very own Mastcam-Z testbed unit.

Generation Zero of JPL Planetary Rovers

Mike Blackstone • July 12, 2018 • 1

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a fabled history of planetary rovers. But how do you start such a program?

Mastcam-Z team blog: We've got flight hardware!

Elsa Jensen • May 21, 2018

Right after the last Mastcam-Z team meeting a year ago (link here to last two blog posts), our team finalized the design of the cameras, and then the fantastic voyage of creating Martian panoramic zoom cameras began.

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