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Gift Ideas From Space Enthusiasts For Space Enthusiasts

Mark Hilverda • November 23, 2018

We’ve rounded up some space gift ideas and recommendations from several of our staff to help bring some of the cosmos into your holidays.

This Thanksgiving, avoid the politics and talk space instead

Casey Dreier • November 21, 2018

If you're expecting to gather with extended family on Thanksgiving, avoid the politics. Here are some conversation starters to use at the dinner table that everyone can engage in.

Here's where China is looking to land its 2020 Mars rover

Andrew Jones • November 21, 2018 • 4

NASA's Mars 2020 rover isn't the only spacecraft heading to Mars in two years.

We're going to Jezero!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 20, 2018 • 3

NASA announced this morning the selection of Jezero crater for the landing site of the Mars 2020 mission. Jezero is a 45-kilometer-wide crater that once held a lake, and now holds a spectacular ancient river delta.

NASA's Orion spacecraft makes progress, but are the agency's lunar plans on track?

Jason Davis • November 19, 2018 • 5

Orion's service module arrived in Florida, but some space industry experts question whether NASA's human spaceflight plans are realistic.

When Space Science Becomes a Political Liability

Casey Dreier • November 15, 2018 • 5

John Culberson, an 8-term Texas Republican and staunch supporter the search for life on Europa, lost his re-election bid last week. His support for Europa was attacked by opponents and could send a chilling political message about the consequences of supporting space science and exploration.

Hayabusa2 prepares for holiday break as Sun passes between Earth and asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • November 15, 2018 • 1

The spacecraft will spend the end of 2018 a safe distance from Ryugu, as the Sun's position makes communications with Earth spotty.

Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2018

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2018

Welcome to my 10th annual list of recommended space books for kids! Fiction, nonfiction, biography; poetry, prose, and pictures; it's all here.

What to Expect When InSight Lands on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2018 • 6

If all goes well, anxious space fans on Earth will learn of a successful InSight landing on Mars on Monday, 26 November 2018, at 19:53 UTC. Here's a preview of all the landing day events.

How I created a Jupiter rotation video using Hubble data

Judy Schmidt • November 09, 2018 • 1

Judy Schmidt shares the technique she used to make a beautiful new animation of Jupiter.

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