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Challenges to Enabling a Richer Planetary Exploration Program

Van Kane • March 21, 2016 • 5

This past week brought to the fore two challenges for NASA’s managers as they try to enable the richest possible mix of coming planetary missions. At stake are whether the agency will be able to select two Discovery missions from the current competition, and whether there will be the possibility of a mission selected for Enceladus and/or Titan in the next decade.

Continuing the Hunt for Exoplanets

Meg Schwamb • March 04, 2016 • 6

Meg Schwamb highlights some of the upcoming space-based missions that will search for planets beyond our solar system.

What Does a 'Good' Budget for Planetary Science Look Like?

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2016 • 1

NASA's 2017 budget request comes out on Tuesday, here's how you can evaluate if the budget for the Planetary Science Division is good or not. It's not just about 2017, but the next five years.

InSight's Problems: Possible Impacts

Van Kane • December 23, 2015 • 4

Van Kane details the potential repercussions of the launch delay of InSight Mars lander on the rest of NASA's Discovery mission program.

[Updated] An Extraordinary Budget for NASA in 2016

Casey Dreier • December 18, 2015 • 14

Congress's plan to fund the U.S. government in 2016 includes a stellar $1.3 billion increase for NASA over last year, nearly $730 million above the President's request.

Discovery Finalists

Van Kane • October 09, 2015 • 6

Van Kane rounds up the missions selected to move onto the next round in NASA's Discovery proposal process.

NASA announces five Discovery proposals selected for further study

Casey Dreier and Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2015 • 21

NASA announced the first-round selections for its next Discovery mission today. A total of five planetary mission concepts -- three targeted at asteroids, two at Venus -- will move to the next stage of the competition.

Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2015 • 2

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos.

Searching for the Origins of Earth’s Water

Van Kane • September 17, 2015 • 1

Three recently proposed low-cost space missions all aim to answer the same question: Where did Earth's abundant water come from?

IceBreaker: The Search for Life on Mars

Van Kane • September 08, 2015 • 3

The IceBreaker mission, proposed to NASA's Discovery program for low-cost missions, would seek out life on the northern plains of Mars.

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