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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Hits Winter Slopes at Marathon Valley

A.J.S. Rayl • November 04, 2015

Opportunity hit the slopes of her seventh winter haven on the south side of Marathon Valley in October as the mission entered the 130th month of what was initially slated to be a 90-day tour.

The round worlds in the solar system: An updated graphic

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2015 • 9

I have a newly updated scale comparison graphic to share: all the round worlds in the solar system smaller than 10,000 kilometers in diameter, now with added Pluto, Charon, and Ceres.

A Roundup of Dust Devil Research

Ralph Lorenz • November 02, 2015

Planetary scientist Ralph Lorenz briefs us on the current state of our knowledge on dust devils on Earth and Mars.

Dawn Journal: A Bounty of Data

Marc Rayman • October 30, 2015 • 16

Dawn has completed another successful campaign to acquire a wealth of data in its exploration of dwarf planet Ceres, providing our clearest and most complete view ever of this world.

Mastcam-Z: The Future of Stereo Imaging on Mars

Bruce Betts • October 29, 2015

An introduction to the Mastcam-Z stereo imager on the Mars 2020 rover, and brief reporting and reflections on team meetings, science instruments, and the exciting future of The Planetary Society covering the entire lifetime of this instrument, from design to Mars images.

At Mars Workshop, Science and Human Spaceflight Find Common Ground

Jason Davis • October 29, 2015 • 2

An update from NASA’s First Human Landing Sites/Exploration Zones on Mars Workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.

A New Budget Deal and a Best Case NASA Budget for 2016

Casey Dreier • October 28, 2015 • 1

The promise of a congressional budget deal could free up additional resources for NASA. What would a best case scenario look like, and is it possible within the deal?

New Concepts to Explore the Jovian System

Van Kane • October 28, 2015 • 2

Last year, NASA’s managers invited the European Space Agency to propose a small spacecraft to explore the Jovian system. Van Kane describes the recently-posted results of ESA's concept studies for two possible missions.

Where Should Humans Land on Mars? Workshop to Discuss Possibilities

Jason Davis • October 27, 2015 • 21

This week in Houston, Texas, scientists are gathering to discuss where humans should first land and explore on the surface of Mars.

LightSail Deployer Passes Prox-1 Fit Check

Jason Davis • October 26, 2015

At Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineers loaded a P-POD replica into the partially assembled frame of the Prox-1 spacecraft. The meetup was a fit check to make sure the two pieces of hardware fit together as designed.

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