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Pretty pictures: Vesta's dark material

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2014 • 1

More masterful processing of Dawn Vesta images by Björn Jónsson, including Aelia crater and some mysterious dark splats near Fulvia crater.

Submit Predictions to Fly in an Asteroid Time Capsule

Bruce Betts • September 02, 2014 • 1

You have four weeks left (until September 30, 2014) to submit names to send to an asteroid, and now you can also separately submit space exploration predictions or images to send in a time capsule to and from that same asteroid. Both sets of information will fly etched on microchips on board the NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

Dawn Journal: From HAMO to LAMO and Beyond

Marc Rayman • September 02, 2014 • 10

Marc Rayman updates us on the Dawn mission, its plans from high to low altitude mapping orbits at Ceres, and what the intrepid spacecraft will pursue next.

Dark mountain on Vesta: Aricia Tholus

Emily Lakdawalla • July 28, 2014 • 1

Newly processed images of one of the more puzzling features on the surface of Vesta: a dark mountain named Aricia Tholus.

The Osirian Asteroid Family

Dante Lauretta • July 28, 2014

The asteroid community recently gathered in Helsinki, Finland for the 12th Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors Conference. As this meeting showed, one of the hottest topics in asteroid science is the study of asteroid families.

I've been asteroided! (274860) Emilylakdawalla

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2014 • 13

What a great piece of news to receive upon returning home from vacation! There is now a small piece of the solar system named for me: asteroid 274860 has been formally named "Emilylakdawalla" by the International Astronomical Union. Here is everything I've been able to learn about my namesake asteroid.

Dawn Journal: Survey Orbit at Ceres

Marc Rayman • June 03, 2014 • 2

This month Dawn's mission director Marc Rayman continues the preview of how Dawn will explore Ceres, this time in its survey orbit.

The Planetary Society Supports NASA's Asteroid Initiative

Casey Dreier • May 27, 2014 • 22

The Planetary Society strongly supports NASA's asteroid initiative, including the goal of redirecting an asteroid to the vicinity of the Moon. But an independent cost estimate is needed, and needed soon.

New Horizons: Updates From the April 2014 Science Team Meeting

Simon Porter • May 07, 2014 • 1

New Horizons team member Simon Porter reports on the state of the mission and Pluto system science from the recent science team meeting at the Applied Physics Laboratory.

Asteroid Workshop Streamed Public Lectures This Week

Bruce Betts • May 05, 2014 • 1

There is an asteroid threat and space debris workshop in Scotland this week that Planetary Society support helped lead to, and that will include two public lectures you can tune into live.

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