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[Updated] A Government Shutdown Could Delay MAVEN's Launch to Mars

Casey Dreier • September 30, 2013 • 2

NASA confirmed that a government shutdown could affect pre-launch processing of the MAVEN spacecraft, currently scheduled to launch to Mars on November 18th.

Watch LADEE Launch to the Moon with The Planetary Society

Mat Kaplan • September 06, 2013

Starting at 7:30pm PDT/10:30pm EDT, we will webcast a special event around the launch of NASA's next lunar spacecraft. Watch our special coverage with lunar scientists and live video from the launch site, as well as NASA TV footage of the launch itself.

China Goes to the Moon and Beyond?

Mat Kaplan • August 27, 2013

Planetary Radio guest Leonard David has been writing about space exploration for more than five decades. He has collected analysis from around the world about China's big plans for space exploration.

Photo gallery: MAVEN being prepped for launch

Emily Lakdawalla • August 21, 2013 • 2

Watching MAVEN go through its final launch preparations via the photo gallery at the Kennedy Media Archive.

Caution: Spacecraft Under Construction

Mat Kaplan • August 20, 2013 • 1

Join Emily Lakdawalla and Mat Kaplan inside JPL's High Bay 1, where two Earth-revealing missions are being readied for launch.

SMAP Under Construction: Field trip to the Spacecraft Assembly Facility

Emily Lakdawalla • August 14, 2013 • 2

Yesterday I enjoyed my second-ever opportunity to suit up and enter the clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. On display were SMAP, an Earth orbiting radar mission, and ISS-RapidScat, which will perform a different radar experiment from the Space Station.

Return of the Pale Blue Dot

Mat Kaplan • July 18, 2013 • 4

You can be part of a planetwide group photo as Cassini and MESSENGER turn their cameras Earthward on July 19.

A new HiRISE view of Opportunity (sol 3361)

Emily Lakdawalla • July 17, 2013

The HiRISE camera on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has snapped a lovely color photo of the rim of Endeavour crater, catching Opportunity midway between Nobby's Head and Solander Point.

Supersonic flight for SpaceShipTwo

Emily Lakdawalla • April 29, 2013 • 6

Virgin Galactic achieved a major milestone today with the first supersonic flight for its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle. The rocket fired for a total of 16 seconds.

Russia's Mars 3 lander maybe found by Russian amateurs

Emily Lakdawalla • April 12, 2013 • 4

Виталий Егоров (Vitaliy Egorov) is a Russian space enthusiast who enlisted help of fellow enthusiasts to search for -- and maybe find -- the Russian Mars 3 hardware on the Martian surface. Here he explains how he did it.

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