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International Astronautical Congress 2012 Recap

Bill Nye • October 09, 2012 • 4

Again this year I represented The Planetary Society at the International Astronautical Congress. This year, we met in Naples, Italy. This meeting brings together space scientists, rocket people, and spacecraft engineers from all over the world.

Pretty picture: Late afternoon in Gale Crater

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2012 • 3

Curiosity shot a lovely panoramic view of the distant rim of Gale crater in the dramatic lighting of late afternoon on sol 49. Damien Bouic has colorized it, and it is beautiful.

Cosmoquest Astronomy Hour, Wednesday: What's up with Curiosity on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2012 • 2

It's becoming a biweekly thing -- join me, Fraser Cain, and now Casey Dreier for an update on Curiosity and a chance for you to get your Curiosity questions answered! The Google+ Hangout is on Wednesday, October 10, at 16:00 PDT / 23:00 UTC.

Citizen "Ice Hunters" help find a Neptune Trojan target for New Horizons

Alex Parker • October 09, 2012 • 1

2011 HM102 is an L5 Neptune Trojan, trailing Neptune by approximately 60 degrees. This object was discovered in the search for a New Horizons post-Pluto encounter object in the Kuiper Belt.

Exploring the XDF: The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field

Mat Kaplan • October 09, 2012 • 1

The newly-released eXtreme Deep Field takes us even further back into the history of our universe than the Ultra Deep Field or UDF.

Mangalyaan update: Testing of main engine underway

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2012 • 1

A report in the Times of India states that India's Mars mission's main engine is now being tested.

SpaceX's first paid cargo run off to bumpy start

Jason Davis • October 08, 2012 • 7

SpaceX successfully sent their first paid Dragon capsule towards the International Space Station Sunday night. But the bigger story happened on the way to orbit.

Happy Cassini PDS Release Day!

Emily Lakdawalla • October 08, 2012 • 2

It's a quarterly feast day for me: the day that the Cassini mission delivers three months' worth of data to NASA's Planetary Data System. Here's a few images processed from the October 1, 2012 data release.

Mars Program Update from MEPAG

Bruce Betts • October 05, 2012 • 1

Bruce Betts reports on the status of the current and future Mars program and on acronyms from a meeting of NASA's MEPAG (Mars Exploration Analysis Program Analysis Group).

Deep Impact targets possible 2020 asteroid flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 05, 2012 • 3

Yesterday, Deep Impact performed a trajectory correction maneuver, firing its thrusters to line up for a flyby seven years from now. Here's a preview of that encounter.

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