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Favorite Astro Plots #3: The rate of lunar cratering

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2015

The third entry in my series of blog posts about Favorite Astro Plots contains one of the biggest discoveries from the Apollo program -- as well as one of the biggest questions in planetary science. The chart was nominated by planetary scientist Barbara Cohen. It has to do with the ages of surfaces on the Moon.

How Can We Write About Science When People Are Dying?

Nadia Drake • November 25, 2015 • 6

Stories about exploration and wonder can be powerful antidotes to seemingly endless suffering and destruction.

In Pictures: LightSail Cameras Prepped for Flight

Jason Davis • November 25, 2015 • 2

LightSail's flight cameras are being prepped for installation after receiving a software upgrade and checkout from their manufacturer.

Blue Origin Lands Spent Suborbital Rocket Stage in Texas

Jason Davis • November 24, 2015 • 5

Secretive spaceflight company Blue Origin flew its New Shepard launch vehicle to the edge of space, deployed a suborbital spacecraft and returned the spent booster rocket to Earth for an upright landing.

2015 Reviews of childrens' books about space

Emily Lakdawalla • November 24, 2015 • 5

Continuing an annual tradition, Emily Lakdawalla reviews children's books about space -- what's out there, how we explore, and why. Many of the books on this list aren't just for kids!

NASA Orders First Official SpaceX Crew Flight to ISS

Jason Davis • November 23, 2015 • 4

NASA placed its first official order for a SpaceX Crew Dragon to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, the agency announced Friday.

Surveyor Digitization Project Hints at Long-Lost Lunar Treasures

Jason Davis • November 23, 2015 • 9

A project to digitize more than 90,000 images taken by NASA’s five Surveyor spacecraft in the 1960s has revealed early hints of never-before-seen treasures captured by America’s first robotic lunar landers.

Mastcam-Z has passed its Preliminary Design Review!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 23, 2015

A panel of outside experts reviewed the design of the Mars 2020 rover's color cameras, and approved the progress of Mastcam-Z. It still exists only as an idea in the cloud, but it's one significant step closer to being sent to Mars.

DPS 2015: Solar System Formation

Erika Nesvold and John Debes • November 20, 2015 • 2

At the 47th Division of Planetary Systems meeting, many presentations touched on some of the most contentious and poorly known aspects of how planets form.

Watch the entire Cassini mission image catalog as a movie

Emily Lakdawalla • November 20, 2015 • 2

If you were to download the entire catalog of photos taken at Saturn to date by Cassini and then animate them like a flipbook, how long would it take to watch them all pass by? The Wall Street Journal's Visual Correspondent Jon Keegan has your answer: nearly four hours.

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