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Reconstructing the Viking '75 Mars lander Surface Sampler Collector

Tom Dahl • January 29, 2018

Viking enthusiast Tom Dahl has created an animation demonstrating the operation of the Viking lander's Surface Sampler Acquisition Assembly, or "scoop."

Some big moons in the Kuiper belt

Emily Lakdawalla • January 25, 2018 • 1

In a new preprint, Mike Brown and Bryan Butler show evidence that two Kuiper belt moons are even bigger than we used to think. They are Eris' moon Dysnomia, and Orcus' moon Vanth.

Creating a guidebook for Earth's hypothetical twin

Jason Davis • January 25, 2018 • 3

Early Earth's atmosphere wasn't a place for humans. Yet the planet had microbial life—something we should keep in mind for exoplanets.

International meetings: Moon initiatives

James D. Burke • January 25, 2018 • 1

Interest is rising globally in expanded lunar science, resource exploration and eventually permanent human settlement. Also, the potential for commercial lunar enterprises is being seriously examined.

New Horizons prepares for encounter with 2014 MU69

Emily Lakdawalla • January 24, 2018 • 6

Throughout 2018, New Horizons will cruise toward its January 1 encounter with 2014 MU69. Preparations for the flyby are nearly complete.

Here's our rolling list of space things affected by the U.S. government shutdown

Jason Davis and Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2018 • 2

The International Space Station stays open for business; everything else is at least somewhat affected.

Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - January 2018

Casey Dreier • January 19, 2018

As a service to our members and to promote transparency, The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye to Attend the State of the Union Address

Casey Dreier • January 18, 2018

When a congressman and current nominee for NASA Administrator asks you to be his guest at the state of the union address in Washington, D.C., how do you respond? For us, the answer was easy. Yes, Bill would be there.

Let's talk about NASA's latest commercial crew delay

Jason Davis • January 17, 2018 • 8

SpaceX and Boeing might not be certified to carry astronauts to the International Space Station until 2019 or 2020.

Dawn Journal: 4 Billion Miles

Marc Rayman • January 17, 2018 • 3

Permanently in residence at dwarf planet Ceres, Dawn is now preparing to add some finishing touches to its mission.

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