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Detecting Dust Devils with Insight

Ralph Lorenz • November 11, 2015

Planetary scientist and dust devil expert Ralph Lorenz describes how the upcoming Mars InSight lander's sensitive seismometer might be able to detect dust devils.

DPS 2015: Pluto's small moons Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra [UPDATED]

Emily Lakdawalla • November 10, 2015 • 7

For my first post on results from the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, I'm going to tell you about Pluto's small moons: Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra, their bright colors and wacky rotation states.

Could Sino-U.S. cooperation bring The Martian home?

Yong-Chun Zheng • November 10, 2015 • 1

In the The Martian, NASA astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. At a critical moment, China offers to help the U.S. bring him back to Earth. But can these two countries cooperate to explore space in reality?

Bill Nye’s “Unstoppable” Book & New Greatest Generation

Erin Greeson • November 10, 2015 • 9

In his new book, “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World,” Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye addresses a “New Greatest Generation” -- today’s young leaders who embrace science and optimism for a viable future.

A Day in the Solar System: 28 October 2015

Bill Dunford • November 09, 2015 • 5

On October 28th, the Cassini spacecraft flew through the geyser plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus. But Cassini was not the only spacecraft operating in the solar system that day.

Reporting from the 47th annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting, DPS15

Emily Lakdawalla • November 08, 2015

I'll be reporting all week from Washington, D.C. from the 47th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Expect lots of news from New Horizons, Dawn, Cassini, MAVEN, WISE, and Rosetta missions, not to mention ground-based telescopes, plus a variety of other sources.

In Pictures: Orion, SLS Hardware on the Move

Jason Davis • November 06, 2015

November is shaping up to be a busy month for Orion and Space Launch System hardware. A human-rated flight engine is in the test stand at Stennis Space Center, and a version of Orion's service module is getting ready to cross the Atlantic.

Jupiter Weather Report: 2014/15 Apparition

Leigh Fletcher • November 05, 2015

A summary of Jupiter's changing face as seen from Earth during its 2014/2015 apparition.

ESA mission updates

Emily Lakdawalla • November 04, 2015

There have been several important pieces of news about European missions in the last month: Rosetta's fate has been determined; ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter's launch is slightly delayed; and they have selected a landing site for the ExoMars rover.

On Station's 15th Anniversary, A Look at Astronaut Utilization

Jason Davis • November 04, 2015

An analysis by The Planetary Society shows that in the post-space shuttle era, NASA astronauts spend roughly 33 percent less time aboard the International Space Station than their Russian counterparts.

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