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In search of ice and fire: Europa analog fieldwork in Iceland, 2018

Conor Nixon • October 24, 2018 • 2

The terrain of Iceland – the Land of Ice and Fire – has some very interesting similarities to Europa.

Following perfect launch, BepiColombo takes self-portraits from space

Emily Lakdawalla • October 22, 2018

BepiColombo's launch was nominal -- the best thing any launch can be. Following launch, the spacecraft documented successful solar array and antenna deployments with self-portraits.

Dawn Journal: 11 Years in Space

Marc Rayman • October 19, 2018 • 8

Dawn is celebrating its 11th anniversary of spaceflight. This is the last dawnniversary the spacecraft will see.

Collecting a sample from asteroid Ryugu is going to be dicey

Jason Davis • October 19, 2018 • 1

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft was scheduled to touch down on Ryugu later this month, but that has been delayed to early 2019.

Looking at Io's Volcanoes Since Galileo

Jason Perry • October 18, 2018

It’s been almost 17 years since NASA's Galileo spacecraft took meaningful data of Jupiter’s volcanic moon.

Heiligenschein Throughout the Solar System

Brittney Cooper • October 16, 2018 • 2

When planetary scientist Brittney Cooper was scrolling through the downlinked images of Hayabusa2’s approach of asteroid Ryugu, a familiar sight caught her attention.

A Joyless 'First Man'

Casey Dreier • October 15, 2018 • 6

Space fans will enjoy the movie for its depictions of early spaceflight itself. But it avoids the richness and complexity of human experience, leaving behind awe and joy in favor of an emotional landscape as uninviting as the Moon.

Imaging the Earth from Lunar orbit

Cees Bassa and Tammo Jan Dijkema • October 15, 2018

Radio amateurs around the world worked together to take an image of the Earth and the far side of the Moon.

Book Announcement and Excerpt: Astronomy for Kids

Bruce Betts • October 13, 2018 • 1

For Astronomy Day, Bruce announces his new book Astronomy for Kids, provides excerpts, and gives some bonus planet observing info.

How to follow BepiColombo's launch

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2018 • 2

I’m thrilled to be anticipating the beginning of a new mission to Mercury. Here's a timeline for BepiColombo's planned launch on 20 October (19 October in the U.S.).

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