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The Sorry State of Planetary Science Funding In One Chart

Casey Dreier • December 09, 2013 • 12

If you want to know why Cassini might be terminated early, or why NASA pulled out of its joint Mars mission with Europe, or why the new ASRG power source was put on indefinite hold, this chart has your answer.

The Mists of Mars

Bill Dunford • December 09, 2013 • 3

Two grand canyons fill with fog, one on Earth and one on Mars.

The ASRG Cancellation in Context

Van Kane • December 09, 2013 • 8

ASRGs could have stretched NASA's limited supply of plutonium to potentially enable missions to the perpetually-shadowed polar craters on our moon, to flyby Uranus, or to float for months on a Titan lake.

Dawn Journal: Equidistant from Vesta and Ceres

Marc Rayman • December 06, 2013 • 1

Gliding smoothly through the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Dawn continues to make good progress on its ambitious mission of exploration. It is patiently but persistently pursuing Ceres, the second destination on its interplanetary itinerary.

Attend the 2013 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union virtually

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2013

Next week is the annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an enormous gathering of geoscientists of all varieties that occurs every year at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. AGU is putting increasing effort into making it possible to attend some sessions virtually, and press briefings will be webstreamed, too.

Chang'e 3 has arrived in lunar orbit

Emily Lakdawalla • December 06, 2013 • 13

Just a quick update: Chang'e 3 successfully entered lunar orbit today at 09:53 UTC, after a 361-second lunar orbit insertion burn.

Why We're Writing the President (& Congress) Now

Casey Dreier • December 06, 2013 • 6

Decisions about both the 2014 and 2015 budgets are happening soon.

Chang'e 3 and LADEE updates -- and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, too, for good measure

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2013

Chang'e 3 is just about to land on the Moon, and the LADEE orbiter has begun a new science mission there, while Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is still producing amazing images.

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Bill Nye • December 05, 2013 • 17

Bill Nye writes President Obama arguing that the President should embrace a bold future of planetary exploration.

Comet ISON Wrap Up

Bruce Betts • December 05, 2013

Comet ISON captivated our world, and many of our world’s robotic emissaries for many months. But, alas, poor ISON is dead -- again. Here I wrap up our enthusiastic coverage of this multi-morphing zombie comet that tried to survive and re-survive as it came within one solar diameter of the Sun.

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