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National Academies: NASA needs a plan for Mars

Casey Dreier • August 16, 2018 • 2

Though progress is being made on Mars Sample Return, a new report from the National Academies recommends NASA have a long-term plan for robotic Mars exploration, and work to ensure communications infrastructure is maintained at the Red Planet. These recommendations largely align with those made by The Planetary Society in a report released in 2017.

It's midterm evaluation time for NASA's planetary program

Casey Dreier • August 08, 2018 • 2

A new report assesses how NASA’s Planetary Science Division has implemented (or not) the top recommendations of the scientific community for the exploration of the solar system.

An 'Exploration Exhibition' to launch the new Planetary Science Caucus

Casey Dreier • May 14, 2018

We helped launch the new Planetary Science Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C., with an exploration exhibition to highlight the range of academic, scientific, and industry partners engaging in planetary exploration. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and its Board of Directors were there to welcome members of Congress and hundreds of staff and policy experts.

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.

A closer look at China's audacious Mars sample return plans

Andrew Jones • December 19, 2017 • 3

China is making steady progress on a proposed mission to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth in the late 2020s.

Meet VOX, a proposed mission to uncover the secrets of Venus

Van Kane • October 09, 2017 • 3

Van Kane brings us newly released details of the Venus Origins eXplorer (VOX), one of NASA's 12 New Frontiers mission proposals.

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

Van Kane • August 10, 2017 • 5

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

HERA team completes 45-day mission to explore asteroid, from Texas

Tim Evans • July 25, 2017 • 1

What's it like spending 45 days confined to a habitat at Johnson Space Center simulating a crewed NASA mission to an asteroid? Tim Evans sends us this report.

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.

This giant, flower-shaped starshade creates an artificial eclipse to see distant exoplanets

Jason Rhodes • June 23, 2017 • 8

Starshade is a proposed flower-shaped spacecraft that can create an artificial eclipse, allowing space telescopes to spot planets orbiting distant stars.

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