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Dawn Journal: Getting Elliptical

Marc Rayman • May 25, 2018 • 1

For the first time in almost a year, the Dawn mission control room at JPL is aglow with blue.

How to keep up with Hayabusa2

Emily Lakdawalla • May 25, 2018 • 1

Hayabusa2 is approaching asteroid Ryugu! Here's how to stay on top of mission news and the mission's planned schedule for 2018.

Cygnus cargo craft will test ability to boost and deorbit the International Space Station

Jason Davis • May 25, 2018 • 2

NASA and Orbital ATK are planning a one-minute test burn before Cygnus leaves the station.

Approaching Mars on Spaceship Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • May 24, 2018

One of the great things about space exploration is how it can shift your perspective. And you don't even need to leave home.

Funpost! Audio diaries from simulated Mars

Jason Davis • May 24, 2018 • 6

The Habitat is a new podcast about a year-long HI-SEAS mission in Hawaii.

The curious case of the Apollo 4 Earth images

Jason Davis • May 23, 2018 • 1

Revisiting images of Earth taken from the uncrewed Apollo 4 command module in 1967.

How are we preparing astronauts for a return to the Moon?

Tess Caswell • May 22, 2018 • 1

Returning to the Moon won’t be easy, even though we’ve been there before.

Mastcam-Z team blog: We've got flight hardware!

Elsa Jensen • May 21, 2018

Right after the last Mastcam-Z team meeting a year ago (link here to last two blog posts), our team finalized the design of the cameras, and then the fantastic voyage of creating Martian panoramic zoom cameras began.

Chang'e 4 relay satellite, Queqiao: A bridge between Earth and the mysterious lunar farside

Luyuan Xu • May 19, 2018 • 2

China's fourth lunar mission, Chang’e 4, is expected to begin on May 21 with the launch of a Long March 4C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwest of China. The launch will carry a spacecraft named Queqiao, which will serve as a communication relay satellite between Earth and the lunar farside.

Eleven perijoves

Emily Lakdawalla • May 18, 2018 • 1

Seán Doran has made a cool visual index to the images that JunoCam took during Juno's first 12 closest approaches to Jupiter.

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