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Report from Darmstadt: Philae status and early Rosetta results from DPS

Emily Lakdawalla • November 11, 2014 • 3

I'm reporting live from the press room at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. There's little news on Philae yet except that its status is good. Meanwhile, Rosetta scientists presented their first early comet results at the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Arizona, which I watched from afar using Twitter.

In Pictures: Expedition 41 Crew Returns to Earth

Jason Davis • November 10, 2014

The crew of Expedition 41 is safely back on Earth following a 165-day stay aboard the International Space Station.

Interstellar: The movie that deserves to be called “Gravity”

Mat Kaplan • November 09, 2014 • 8

Mat Kaplan gives his thoughts on the newest space film to hit theatres, "Interstellar."

Hunting Binary Asteroids

Bruce Betts • November 07, 2014

Thanks to The Planetary Society’s Shoemaker NEO Grant program, a new telescope has been brought to bear focusing on searching for and understanding the properties of binary asteroid systems.

An Early Preview of Orion's Maiden Voyage

Jason Davis • November 07, 2014 • 4

NASA's Orion spacecraft is just four weeks away from its first test flight. Here's an early preview of the mission.

TPS at DPS: A Screening of Desert Moon, Advocacy with Casey Dreier, and a Sagan Lecture

Jason Davis • November 06, 2014 • 3

The Planetary Society will be well-represented at next week's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

Philae landing preview: What to expect on landing day

Emily Lakdawalla • November 05, 2014 • 8

Earth's first-ever landing on a comet is a week away. On November 12 at 8:35 UT, Philae will separate from Rosetta. Seven hours later, it will arrive at the surface of the comet. Hopefully, Philae will survive the landing, and begin to return data.

The Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections for NASA

Casey Dreier • November 05, 2014 • 17

A Republican Senate will not drastically change the course of the nation's space program, though it will likely see less funding for NASA and a difficult path forward for the Asteroid Retrieval Mission.

Undeniable Commitment to Education, Empowerment & Understanding the Cosmos

Erin Greeson • November 04, 2014 • 2

Today, The Planetary Society celebrates our CEO Bill Nye’s latest science education feat: the release of his book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. Erin Greeson, The Planetary Society's director of communications, tells us about it.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Images Comet, Ducks Storm, Departs Ulysses

A.J.S. Rayl • November 04, 2014

As winds whirled and converged to the west of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity's power dropped dramatically in October, but the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) pressed on. By month's end, the robot field geologist had completed her assignments – including capturing the first close-in shot of a comet from the surface of the Red Planet – and was roving onward through the darkness, driving the mission into the 130th month of what started out more than 10-and-a-half years ago to be a 3-month tour.

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