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Curiosity in context: Not exactly "Viking on wheels," but close

Emily Lakdawalla • November 21, 2011

As I was beginning my research for my two magazine articles on the Curiosity rover's upcoming mission to Mars, I needed to figure out for myself how exactly this gigantic, ungainly machine fit in to the context of past Martian missions.

SLS updates: tower crawl, engine burn and flight test

Jason Davis • November 21, 2011 • 1

A few updates on the Space Launch System, NASA's next-generation deep exploration vehicle.

NASA's Budget for 2012 Is Set--Worry About 2013 Budget Begins

Charlene Anderson • November 18, 2011

It's done. The U.S. President has signed the Appropriations bill for NASA's fiscal year 2012 budget. The fight on the FY12 budget is over.

Book Review: Atlas of the Galilean Satellites, by Paul Schenk

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2011

Not many subjects remain for which it is possible to assemble everything that we know about it in one book. Even for those subjects for which our knowledge is limited, knowledge seems always to be expanding exponentially. This is not true, however, for the Galilean satellites of Jupiter.

What's Up in the Winter Sky

Ray Sanders • November 18, 2011

The warm days and cool evenings of fall are giving way to cold days and colder nights. For many amateur astronomers, observing during winter is a bit of a challenge - clouds, dew, ice, and of course, the cold.

Is Europa's ice thin or thick? At chaos terrain, it's both!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 17, 2011 • 6

Among Europa scientists there are two warring factions: the thick-icers and the thin-icers. The question is how thick is the ice shell that overlies Europa's subsurface ocean (the existence of which pretty much everyone agrees on).

Our friendly neighborhood asteroid, 2005 YU55 (an animation)

Emily Lakdawalla • November 16, 2011

Last week JPL released two animations of asteroid 2005 YU55 made from the radar data acquired by Goldstone's 70-meter radio dish.

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.

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