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SLS Sheds White Paint, Completes Critical Design Review

Jason Davis • October 22, 2015 • 7

NASA's Space Launch System officially shed the core stage's white paint job in favor of the vehicle's natural, orange-colored insulation.

Preparing for the Journey to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

Deepak Dhingra • October 21, 2015 • 1

Deepak Dhingra reports on a planetary analog field trip exploring a very young volcanic terrain in Idaho at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

Enhanced Cygnus Arrives at KSC ahead of Atlas V-powered Cargo Run

Jason Davis • October 20, 2015 • 2

Orbital ATK is a month-and-a-half away from resuming cargo runs to the International Space Station.

President Obama Highlights Planetary Science Triumphs

Casey Dreier • October 19, 2015 • 4

At the White House Astronomy Night, President Obama highlighted some of the major triumphs of NASA and its planetary science program. Yet his 2016 budget calls for further cuts to the program.

Zero Dollars for 2016: Two Stalwart Planetary Missions Face a Troubling Future

Casey Dreier • October 19, 2015 • 7

In its 2016 budget request, the White House inexplicably proposed to end two active, scientifically productive planetary missions: the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Filling in the Enceladus map: Cassini's 20th flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 16, 2015 • 7

A couple of days ago, Cassini flew past Enceladus for its 20th targeted encounter. Cassini has seen and photographed quite a lot of Enceladus before, but there's still new terrain for it to cover.

The Success of European Rover Challenge

Łukasz Wilczyński • October 16, 2015

In September, the second edition of European Rover Challenge (ERC)—the biggest space and robotics event in Europe—took place in Poland. Who took home the top spot?

LightSail and Prox-1 Start Testing and Integration Process

Jason Davis • October 16, 2015

On opposite sides of the United States, teams are starting the testing process to prepare two spacecraft for a one-of-a-kind in-space rendezvous.

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.

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