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Ten times the solar system reminded us sample collection is hard

Emily Lakdawalla • February 19, 2018 • 2

Some of the biggest discoveries we make in planetary science rely on the seemingly simple act of picking up and analyzing pieces of other worlds. When things go awry, scientists and engineers can sometimes squeeze amazing science out of a tough situation.

Finding spacecraft impacts on the Moon

Phil Stooke • February 20, 2017 • 2

Over nearly 60 years of spacecraft exploration of the Moon, lots of spacecraft have crashed on the lunar surface—some accidental, some intentional. Phil Stooke hunts for their impact sites.

Lunar Farside Landing Plans

Phil Stooke • May 27, 2016 • 2

Phil Stooke describes a research trip to the Regional Planetary Image Facility at the USGS in Flagstaff, where he discovered Jack Schmitt's proposed plans for a farside landing site for Apollo 17.

Space Exploration: Leaving the Earth to Understand It

Jake Rosenthal • May 13, 2016 • 2

Looking back at Earth from beyond helps to give perspective on our place in the cosmos.

New lunar mosaics emerge as Surveyor digitization project continues

Jason Davis • May 06, 2016

A team of scientists at the University of Arizona continue their efforts to extract data from more than 90,000 images captured during NASA's Surveyor program. In the meantime, new first-look images and an animation have been released.

The phases of the far side of the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • April 28, 2016 • 4

Serbian artist Ivica Stošić used Clementine and Kaguya data to give a glimpse of the phases of the lunar farside.

LPSC 2016: The Moon Keeps on Giving

Ryan Clegg-Watkins • April 14, 2016 • 1

There was no shortage of interesting lunar science talks at last month’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Dr. Ryan Clegg-Watkins highlights some of the interesting results for us.

Surveyor Digitization Project Hints at Long-Lost Lunar Treasures

Jason Davis • November 23, 2015 • 9

A project to digitize more than 90,000 images taken by NASA’s five Surveyor spacecraft in the 1960s has revealed early hints of never-before-seen treasures captured by America’s first robotic lunar landers.

Finding the Surveyor retro-rockets on the Moon

Phil Stooke • September 15, 2015 • 5

Planetary scientist Phil Stooke may have found the retro-rockets from NASA's Lunar Surveyor missions, sent to the Moon in preparation for Apollo.

A Sky Full of Stars

Bill Dunford • March 09, 2015 • 3

In pictures of the planets, the stars aren't usually visible. But when they do appear, they're spectacular.

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