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Science Against the Storm

Bill Dunford • November 11, 2013

In the face of disaster, the search for answers and ways to help continues, on the ground and in space.

A hiccup in the orbital maneuvers for Mars Orbiter Mission

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2013 • 7

The Mars Orbiter Mission completed its first, second, and third of six planned maneuvers in Earth orbit successfully last week. However, the fourth maneuver, conducted on Sunday at 12:36 PST / 20:36 UTC / Monday 02:06 IST, failed to lift the apogee of the orbit as high as planned.

We Need You to Stand Up for Planetary Exploration

Casey Dreier • November 08, 2013 • 1

Congress and the White House are making decisions that impact funding for NASA's Planetary Exploration missions. We need to tell them that YES we are paying attention and care about the future of exploration.

MAVEN has arrived at the launch pad

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2013 • 3

As India's Mars Orbiter Mission continues to pump up the altitude of its orbit around Earth, NASA's MAVEN is making final preparations for its direct-to-Mars launch. All is proceeding acccording to schedule toward its November 18 launch at 1:28 EST / 10:28 PST / 18:28 UTC.

"How do I get that lovely pin?" you may ask...

Bill Nye • November 07, 2013 • 10

Tonight, I'm on The Big Bang Theory with Bob Newhart. I hope you watch closely enough to notice the pin in my lapel. It's our pin, The Planetary Society logo pin. It's the coolest logo pin ever. So, you're probably wondering how to get one. Join The Planetary Society by November 15, and we'll send you a pin.

Neptune: The new amateur boundary?

Christophe Pellier • November 07, 2013 • 3

Can features on Neptune be observed by amateur astronomers? For years, the Hubble Space Telescope and some professional terrestrial observatories have been revealing incomplete belts and spots on the surface of Neptune. Now, spots have been imaged by amateurs.

Europe Bypasses Solar System for Upcoming Science Missions

Van Kane • November 06, 2013 • 3

The European Space Agency has selected two astrophysics observatories as its next large science missions, overlooking every proposed planetary mission. ESA's current selection of planetary missions, however, means it will still be a major player in solar system exploration for the next two decades.

Mars Orbiter Mission update: first apogee-raising burn completed

Emily Lakdawalla • November 06, 2013 • 15

When the Mars Orbiter Mission launched yesterday, it launched into Earth orbit. The Mars Orbiter Mission must perform several rocket burns in order to increase its orbital altitude before departing for Mars. The first burn was completed successfully just minutes ago.

The solar eclipse in Africa seen from space

Vitaliy Egorov • November 05, 2013

On Sunday, the shadow of the Moon passed across Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. This was the last solar eclipse of the year. The Elektro-L satellite was able to observe the eclipse, and we can see the darkness of the lunar shadow covering Africa.

Planetary Radio: Looking for Intelligence in a Flash

Mat Kaplan • November 05, 2013 • 1

An update on the Planetary Society's improved Optical SETI search, with Harvard's Paul Horowitz and Curtis Mead.

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