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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.

A new Earthrise over the Moon from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's pushframe camera

Emily Lakdawalla • May 13, 2014

Earth's brilliant colors shine above the drab lunar horizon in this new "Earthrise" photo from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. An animation that accompanied the image release helped me to write an explainer on how pushframe cameras like Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Wide-Angle Camera works.

Another Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • May 12, 2014 • 1

One day, five worlds.

Days before its crash, LADEE saw zodiacal light above the lunar horizon

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2014 • 4

LADEE ended its mission as planned with a crash into the lunar surface on April 17. Just days prior, it turned its star tracker camera toward the lunar horizon and captured a striking series of images of the lunar sunrise and zodiacal light.

Forensic Ballistics: How Apollo 12 Helped Solve the Skydiver Meteorite Mystery

Philip Metzger • April 21, 2014 • 7

What can a 45-year-old mission to the Moon tell us about a "meteorite" flying past a skydiver on Earth?

The End of Opportunity and the Burden of Success

Casey Dreier • April 15, 2014 • 11

The Opportunity rover and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are both zeroed out in NASA's 2015 budget. Learn why these missions face the axe and why the White House is forcing NASA to choose between existing missions and starting new ones.

Yutu Update

Phil Stooke • April 10, 2014 • 1

We don’t hear a lot at the moment about Chang’E 3 and Yutu, the Chinese lander and rover which were all over the news a few months ago. But Phil Stooke has been collecting news online and in person last month at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference and now tries to put it all together and address the current state of the mission.

Commander Dave Scott's Masursky Lecture from LPSC 2014

Emily Lakdawalla • April 04, 2014 • 5

A video of Apollo astronaut David Scott's lecture to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. His talk was an absolute treat: funny, educational, engaging, full of joy at his adventure, though at the end, a little angry that we've not sent more humans back. It's well worth 45 minutes of your time.

NASA's LADEE Spacecraft to Fly Through an Eclipse, Crash into the Lunar Surface on April 21st

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2014 • 1

LADEE, NASA's latest robotic lunar spacecraft, will reach its planned end-of-mission on April 21st, when it will crash on the far side of the Moon.

Fireworks in the Earth's Sky Sent from the Moon: Reflections from LPSC 2014

Deepak Dhingra • April 03, 2014

Deepak Dhingra reports on presentations from this year's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference focusing on how impacts on the Moon have affected Earth.

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