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Europe Will Select Its Next Major Science Mission in November

Van Kane • September 25, 2013 • 2

The European Space Agency will announce two major science missions this November, one of which is likely to be devoted to solar system exploration.

NASA's Europa Mission Concept Rejects ASRGs -- May Use Solar Panels at Jupiter Instead

Casey Dreier • September 05, 2013 • 6

The Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) is no longer an option for powering a potential Europa mission. The ASRG uses Plutonium-238 to generate electricity, but is far more efficient than past RTGs.

Small Could Be Beautiful - Planetary SmallSats

Van Kane • August 23, 2013 • 4

A new breed of small planetary spacecraft may allow for more frequent flights to the planets for highly focused missions.

Laser Bees Papers

Bruce Betts • July 11, 2013 • 5

For those wishing to bore into more details of our Laser Bees project itself, graduate student Alison Gibbings from the University of Strathclyde has sent their technical paper that resulted from the 2013 Planetary Defense Conference.

Dueling Op-Eds on NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission

Casey Dreier • July 11, 2013 • 9

NASA Administrator Bolden and the Chairman of the House Science Committee published opposing op-eds in The Hill newspaper today, illustrating the uphill battle NASA faces to sell Congress on this mission.

Mars 2020 Science Announcement Live-blog

Casey Dreier • July 09, 2013 • 6

Follow along as NASA reacts to the recommendations of the science definition team for the next Mars rover.

Uranus or Bust (and on a budget)

Van Kane • July 09, 2013 • 3

New plans may make a mission to Uranus affordable within NASA's new, constrained budget.

Planetary Society Hangout: Arkyd Telescopes, Planetary Resources, Chris Lewicki

Bruce Betts • June 27, 2013 • 2

We talked to Chris Lewicki, President of Planetary Resources, about their upcoming Arkyd telescopes including one for the public, asteroid mining, and more. Hosted by Bruce Betts with Jennifer Vaughn.

POSTPONED: Planetary Society Hangout, Planetary Resources' Chris Lewicki

Emily Lakdawalla • June 05, 2013

The Hangout has been postponed because of technical difficulties. Stay tuned for rescheduling information.

NASA Administrator Highlights Advanced Propulsion Systems at JPL

Casey Dreier • May 23, 2013 • 6

Charles Bolden stopped by JPL to highlight research being done on advanced propulsion techniques that would be used in the proposed asteroid retrieval mission.

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