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China outlines its space exploration ambitions

Andrew Jones • December 27, 2016 • 1

China released a new white paper on its policy and activities in space, outlining ambitious deep space exploration, human spaceflight and space science projects as major priorities for the years up to 2020 and beyond.

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.

TeamIndus Announces Launch Contract with ISRO

Sandhya Ramesh • December 01, 2016 • 3

TeamIndus, India’s only entry for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, just announced their launch contract with ISRO. If successful, TeamIndus would be the first private company from India to land a craft on an extraterrestrial body.

A week in the solar system

Jason Davis • November 10, 2016 • 1

A roundup of pretty pictures and news from our robotic ambassadors around the solar system, from November 4 through 8.

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.

Yutu is NOT dead (probably)

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2016 • 2

Despite what you may have read on other websites last week, China's Yutu lunar rover is probably still functional on the surface of the Moon.

Plans for China's farside Chang'e 4 lander science mission taking shape

Emily Lakdawalla • June 22, 2016 • 3

The future Chang'e 4 lunar farside landing mission is rapidly taking shape. Now the mission's team is coming to a consensus on the landing location, as well as on the mission's instrument package.

Lunar Farside Landing Plans

Phil Stooke • May 27, 2016 • 2

Phil Stooke describes a research trip to the Regional Planetary Image Facility at the USGS in Flagstaff, where he discovered Jack Schmitt's proposed plans for a farside landing site for Apollo 17.

Space Exploration: Leaving the Earth to Understand It

Jake Rosenthal • May 13, 2016 • 2

Looking back at Earth from beyond helps to give perspective on our place in the cosmos.

New lunar mosaics emerge as Surveyor digitization project continues

Jason Davis • May 06, 2016

A team of scientists at the University of Arizona continue their efforts to extract data from more than 90,000 images captured during NASA's Surveyor program. In the meantime, new first-look images and an animation have been released.

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