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The Planetary Report • March 2019

Emily Lakdawalla takes us on a tour of the spacecraft currently exploring from within our solar system. All planets and spacecraft locations are shown at their location for April 1st, 2019.

Parker Solar Probe: NASA renames upcoming mission to touch the Sun

Jason Davis • May 31, 2017 • 4

NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft will repeatedly dive through the Sun's corona, giving scientists their first-ever up-close look at our star.

In Pictures: A Partial Solar Eclipse from Space

Jason Davis • September 15, 2015

Two sun-observing spacecraft in Earth orbit captured images of a partial solar eclipse Sunday morning.

In Pictures: DSCOVR Headed for Deep Space

Jason Davis • February 12, 2015 • 4

On Wednesday evening, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocketed into orbit with DSCOVR, the Deep Space Climate Observatory. Here's a photo and video roundup.

Two Days, Two Launches and Three Landings

Jason Davis • February 09, 2015 • 4

Within a two-day span, two rocket launches and three ocean landings are scheduled—one of which involves an autonomous spaceport drone ship.

A (Difficult) Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • October 30, 2014 • 13

After a bad day on the launch pad, some perspective.

The Pivotal Discovery You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Karl Battams • August 29, 2014 • 5

Karl Battams highlights the historic discovery, by an Air Force satellite, of a sungrazing comet.

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 12: The Sun and Stars

Bruce Betts • May 01, 2014

Explore the physical characteristics and inner workings of the Sun and then learn all about Stars and Stellar Evolution in this video of class 12 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

Missions to a Star

Bill Dunford • February 17, 2014 • 2

Upcoming deep space missions will venture right to the heart of the Solar System.

The Mercury Transit You Probably Missed

Karl Battams • December 30, 2013 • 2

Planetary transits of the Sun by Mercury and Venus don't come along very often, and when they do we make a big deal of it because, well, it's really cool!

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