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On A Mission to Explore! Choosing A Theme for Our Membership Experience

Posted by Mark Hilverda on 2016/08/02 02:24 CDT

Selecting a theme for our reinvented membership experience involved hundreds of people from staff to members. Here's the process that created the names for the new membership levels.

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Hubble Series 1: How to Find Hubble Data

Posted by Judy Schmidt on 2016/08/02 08:18 CDT

Processing Hubble data presents a host of challenges, and the first of these has nothing to do with processing at all.

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‘Apollo on steroids’: The rise and fall of NASA’s Constellation moon program

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/08/01 07:53 CDT | 18 comments

In part 2 of our series on the evolution of NASA's Journey to Mars, Michael Griffin gives the Constellation moon program a new look in an attempt to shorten America's International Space Station access gap after the space shuttles retire. But by 2009, the program is behind schedule and over budget.

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Dawn Journal: Staying at Ceres

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2016/07/30 01:19 CDT | 9 comments

The official end of Dawn's prime mission was June 30, but the valiant adventurer began its "extended mission" of performing more Ceres observations without missing a beat.

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What's up in the solar system, August 2016 edition: Juno to get Jupiter close-ups, Rosetta descending, road-tripping rovers

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/07/29 02:35 CDT | 5 comments

This month we'll finally see JunoCam's first high-resolution images of Jupiter. We'll also see OSIRIS-REx making progress toward its September 8 launch. Both rovers are road-tripping at Mars, while ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed a major mid-course correction ahead of its October arrival.

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Field Report From Mars: Sol 4410 - June 20, 2016

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2016/07/28 08:02 CDT | 1 comment

Opportunity is finishing up its activities in Marathon Valley, getting ready to hit the road again.

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Summer 2016 issue of The Planetary Report

Posted by Donna Stevens on 2016/07/27 03:22 CDT

The Summer 2016 issue of The Planetary Report is in the mail! Planetary Society members who want a head start on reading can access the electronic version.

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MAVEN Status and Extended-Mission Planning

Posted by Bruce Jakosky on 2016/07/27 03:17 CDT | 1 comment

The MAVEN mission to Mars was just approved for a two-year extended mission that runs through September 2018. Now is a good time to take stock of we've learned so far and to describe the plans for the extended mission.

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Rosetta end-of-mission plans: Landing site, time selected

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/07/26 03:13 CDT | 2 comments

ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft is nearing the end of its mission. Last week, ESA announced when and where Rosetta is going to touch down. And tomorrow, it will forever shut down the radio system intended for communicating with the silent Philae lander.

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We’re Building a Movement!

Posted by Richard Chute on 2016/07/26 12:00 CDT | 1 comment

Today we launch a new expedition to engage our members in more ways than ever before. Since our inception, our members have supported The Planetary Society as we forge new paths in space science and exploration. You have always been at the center of our success and we want the structure of our membership program to reflect that by offering new benefits, premiums and payment options.

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