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NASA-sponsored SmallSats Get Dedicated Rides to Space

Jason Davis • October 14, 2015

NASA-sponsored small satellites will soon have dedicated rides to space, thanks to a new, light-duty rocket program called Venture Class Launch Services, or VCLS.

OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Assembly Nearly Complete

Dante Lauretta • October 14, 2015

The OSIRIS-REx mission continues to make great progress and is in the Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations (ATLO) phase of the program. There's been many great accomplishments leading up to this point.

Favorite Astro Plots #2: Condensation of the solar system

Emily Lakdawalla • October 14, 2015 • 2

Behold: the story of how our solar system began, in one chart. This is the second installment in a series of planetary scientists' favorite plots. Today's #FaveAstroPlot was suggested by spectroscopist Michael Bramble.

Neil deGrasse Tyson to Receive Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science

Jennifer Vaughn • October 14, 2015 • 1

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will accept The Planetary Society’s Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science in Pasadena, California on October 24, 2015.

Charon in 3D

Emily Lakdawalla • October 13, 2015 • 3

Last week, the pile of New Horizons LORRI camera raw image releases included nine frames from a high-resolution mosaic on Charon. Together with the color MVIC view, they make a 3D global photo of Pluto's moon. Other recently released goodies include a global backlit color image of Pluto and the first image that resolves the tiny moon Styx.

Mars 2020 and the Adaptive Caching Assembly: An Intern’s Perspective

Jake Rosenthal • October 12, 2015 • 10

Jet Propulsion Laboratory summer intern Jake Rosenthal shares his thoughts on the Mars 2020 sample caching technology currently in development.

NASA's Journey to Mars Report: A Plan to Form a Strategy for a Concept

Jason Davis • October 12, 2015 • 6

NASA released a much-anticipated strategy document outlining the agency's next steps for getting humans to Mars, but the report lacks details. What should we make of it?

Discovery Finalists

Van Kane • October 09, 2015 • 6

Van Kane rounds up the missions selected to move onto the next round in NASA's Discovery proposal process.

Telerobotics: Unifying Human and Robotic Spaceflight

Jason Davis • October 08, 2015 • 2

Telerobotics—with humans nearby—just might be the perfect unification of human and robotic spaceflight. Two groups at NASA and ESA are working to make this fledgling technology commonplace.

How do you pronounce "Ryugu?"

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2015 • 2

With some help from astronomer Elizabeth Tasker and a group of astronomy graduate students from the University of Hokkaido, I learn how.

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