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NASA On Verge of Getting a Budget -- Congress Will Vote This Week

Charlene Anderson • November 15, 2011

Here's a quick wrap-up of the "minibus" bill containing budget for NASA for fiscal year 2012, which started 6 six weeks ago.

Planetary Society statement entered into testimony for House hearing on future of planetary science

Charlene Anderson • November 15, 2011

Today, The Planetary Society entered the following statement into testimony for the hearing "Exploring Mars and Beyond: What Next for U.S. Planetary Science?" held by the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Book Review: A More Perfect Heaven, by Dava Sobel

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2011

As with her previous two books Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel draws heavily on primary sources for her latest book, A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.

Phobos-Grunt status, launch plus six days

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2011

I said I wasn't going to post again unless the spacecraft talked to us, but I changed my mind because finally there were official comments today about the status of the mission from Roskosmos head Vladimir Popovkin.

A little fun with Deep Impact deep-sky data

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2011

Last week, the team put all of the data from Deep Impact's deep-sky imaging session online, and challenged visitors to see what they could make from it. I made some photos of M51, but there were some challenges.

How to move a shuttle across Los Angeles

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2011

Ever since the space shuttle Endeavour was awarded to the California Science Center I've been curious about the question of how they will ever get a shuttle from Los Angeles International Airport across more than 10 miles of densely developed city land in the United States to Endeavour's eventual home in Exposition Park.

U.S. House of Representatives Hearing Next Week; Show Up to Show Your Support for Space Exploration

Charlene Anderson • November 11, 2011

If want to demonstrate your support for planetary exploration -- and you're planning to be in the Washington, D.C. area next Tuesday, November 15, 2011 -- please consider adding your presence to the congressional hearing on "Exploring Mars and Beyond: What's Next for U.S. Planetary Science?"

Checking in with NASA's Commercial Partners

Jason Davis • November 11, 2011

Checking in with SpaceX's launch abort system progress, Boeing's CST-100 drop tests, and a recent Space, Science and Technology Committee meeting on Capitol Hill.

Phobos-Grunt summary, three days after launch

Emily Lakdawalla • November 11, 2011

I can summarize the news about the last day's efforts to save Phobos-Grunt in three words: there is none. At least nothing official.

365 Days of Astronomy Celebrates Sagan's Birthday

Mat Kaplan • November 10, 2011

The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast celebrated Carl Sagan's birthday yesterday by reposting my conversation with Ann Druyan, Sagan's Co-creator and life-partner. Links inside.

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