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[Updated] NASA's 2015 Budget Increase is Confirmed

Casey Dreier • December 14, 2014 • 4

Senate passes the CRomnibus spending bill with an $18.01 billion NASA budget, which includes an increase to planetary science and Europa. The legislation now moves on to the President for his signature.

Our Global Volunteers: December 2014 Update

Kate Howells • December 12, 2014 • 1

The Planetary Society’s Global Volunteer Network has been busy these past few months!

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Strange and spooky

Adam Block • December 12, 2014 • 1

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares his haunting images of three different types of nebulae.

LightSail Completes Testing, Announcement Expected in January

Jason Davis • December 12, 2014 • 1

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft successfully completed testing to prepare it for a possible 2015 test flight.

New Churyumov-Gerasimenko Shapemodel!

Mattias Malmer • December 12, 2014 • 1

Mattias Malmer shares his latest shape model of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, created using data from the Rosetta spacecraft.

NASA's Budget Increase Is A Step Closer to Reality

Casey Dreier • December 12, 2014 • 4

By a narrow vote, the House of Representatives passed the 2015 'CRomnibus' spending bill, which includes an increase to NASA and its Planetary Science Division. It now moves on to the Senate.

Brief Venus Express update: Not quite dead yet

Emily Lakdawalla • December 11, 2014 • 1

Venus Express is still alive and talking to Earth, but may fall into Venus' atmosphere in January.

The YORP Effect and Bennu

Dante Lauretta • December 11, 2014

The YORP effect is a phenomenon that affects the rotation rate and pole orientation of an asteroid. YORP is an acronym that combines four scientist’s names: Yarkovsky, O’Keefe, Radzievskii, and Paddack.

InSight assembly begins

Emily Lakdawalla • December 11, 2014 • 1

NASA's next Mars lander is becoming real, now under construction at Lockheed Martin.

Book Review: “The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era”

Mat Kaplan • December 11, 2014 • 1

Mat Kaplan reviews a comprehensive new collection of historic and modern space art from author and superb space artist Ron Miller.

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