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What Can We Learn from a Failed Return to the Moon?

Casey Dreier • April 26, 2019 • 8

Thirty years ago, President George H.W. Bush announced an ambitious program to return humans to the Moon. It failed. Today the Trump Administration wants the same thing. Can a failed lunar return effort help this one succeed?

Curiosity Update, Sols 2313-2387: Two New Drill Holes Despite Memory Problems

Emily Lakdawalla • April 25, 2019

The Curiosity team is touring Glen Torridon, the Valley of Clay, south of Vera Rubin Ridge, happily photographing everything and zapping rocks. It’s clearly a delight for the team to be in a place they’ve been hoping to reach for 7 years.

How Your Donations are Helping Planetary Society Asteroid Hunters

Jason Davis • April 25, 2019

Each year, we ask our Shoemaker NEO Grant winners to help us tell the world about their work. Here's what they said.

InSight Detects Some Very Small Marsquakes

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2019

InSight has finally detected its first Marsquakes, but so far, none have been large enough to produce good science. Still, it’s great news that the seismometer is producing sensible data.

HiRISE Team Overcomes Imaging Glitches as Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Eyes another Decade in Orbit

Alfred McEwen • April 23, 2019 • 1

Blurred images and battery issues are no longer an immediate problem.

Chang’e-4 Updates: Yutu-2 Roves into Overtime, Returns More Images

Andrew Jones • April 22, 2019

China’s Chang’e-4 lander and Yutu-2 rover are continuing to function well and have completed their fourth lunar day.

Crew Dragon Test Vehicle Suffers Mishap during Engine Testing

Jason Davis • April 20, 2019 • 2

The extent of the accident is unclear, but a plume of orange smoke was visible from miles away.

Adapting an iPhone for Astrophotography

Barney Magrath • April 19, 2019 • 1

The sky is the limit, providing you’re willing to invest a little time for what is a surprisingly low-budget, hands-on project.

Software Command to Fix Faulty Sensor Doomed Beresheet

Jason Davis • April 17, 2019

Six days after SpaceIL's Beresheet spacecraft crash-landed on the Moon, we now have an explanation for what went wrong.

Voyager Wide-Angle Views of Jupiter

Ian Regan • April 16, 2019 • 1

Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the historic Voyager 1 encounter with Jupiter in 1979.

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