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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.

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.

Radar in Earth and Planetary Science, Part 2

Heather Hunter • May 12, 2017 • 2

Heather Hunter brings us the next installment in her series on radio detection and ranging.

Planetary discovery over the past quarter century

Steven Hauck • December 20, 2016 • 1

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of what has become one of the primary venues for the publication of research in planetary science: the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. This occasion is a good opportunity to look back at what we have learned in this era of expanded exploration and to try to take a peek at the future.

New Gems from the Moon

Bill Dunford • October 10, 2016 • 3

More than seven years after the end of its mission, JAXA has released the entire data set from Kaguya's HDTV cameras.

Video: Two talks featuring pretty pictures from space

Emily Lakdawalla • June 10, 2016 • 1

Videos of two recent talks I've given, one intended for a general audience and one aimed at professionals.

Akatsuki begins a productive science mission at Venus

Emily Lakdawalla • May 19, 2016 • 4

Japan's Akatsuki Venus orbiter is well into its science mission, and has already produced surprising science results. The mission, originally planned to last two years, could last as many as five, monitoring Venus' atmosphere over the long term.

Atmospheric Waves Awareness: An Explainer

Anna Scott • April 20, 2016 • 4

There are two types of atmospheric waves that are critically important on Earth and other planets: gravity waves and planetary waves.

Akatsuki's new orbit, first images, and science plans

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2015 • 9

JAXA had a press briefing today to confirm the successful arrival of Akatsuki into Venus orbit. It's been a long time coming: today's announcement came twelve years to the day after Japan had to abandon efforts to put Nozomi into Mars orbit. They released lovely images and discussed future plans.

Live from Sagamihara: Akatsuki in Orbit, Day 1

Sanjay Limaye • December 08, 2015

One day after closest approach, Akatsuki is now speeding away from Venus at 4.09 kilometers per second and is 180,000 kilometers from the planet. In his last report from Sagamihara, Sanjay Limaye gets some updates on the new orbiter's trajectory.

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