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Planetary Projects and Human Spaceflight

by Jason Davis

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How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/20 04:04 CST

On the surface, NASA's humans to Mars plans seem vague and disjointed. But that's because the agency is playing the long game. Right now, it may be the only game they can play.

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With New Horizons Ready to Wake Up, Scientists Prepare for Pluto Encounter

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/14 03:08 CST | 2 comments

When New Horizons wakes up for the final time on Dec. 6, scientists will spend six weeks preparing for the start of the spacecraft's Pluto encounter.

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LightSail Gets Burn Wire Redesign for Round 2 of Vibration Tests

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/13 04:51 CST | 7 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is less than three weeks away from an expected go/no-go decision on whether the CubeSat will be launched into space for a shakedown cruise next year.

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In Pictures: Expedition 41 Crew Returns to Earth

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/10 09:33 CST

The crew of Expedition 41 is safely back on Earth following a 165-day stay aboard the International Space Station.

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An Early Preview of Orion's Maiden Voyage

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/07 11:24 CST | 4 comments

NASA's Orion spacecraft is just four weeks away from its first test flight. Here's an early preview of the mission.

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TPS at DPS: A Screening of Desert Moon, Advocacy with Casey Dreier, and a Sagan Lecture

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/06 04:00 CST | 3 comments

The Planetary Society will be well-represented at next week's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

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SpaceShipTwo Feathering System Prematurely Deployed before Fatal Breakup

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/11/03 11:33 CST | 1 comment

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated shortly after the space plane's tail stabilizers prematurely deployed, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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[Update 1] Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Destroyed in Testing Accident, 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/31 02:25 CDT | 2 comments

The private spaceflight company's spaceplane was destroyed in an accident over California's Mojave Desert.

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LightSail Vibration Test Shakes Loose New Problems

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/30 02:56 CDT | 2 comments

LightSail's random vibration test, meant to simulate the stress of an Atlas V rocket launch, shook loose new problems that the team will have to address.

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[Update 2] Antares Rocket Explodes Seconds after Liftoff

Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/10/28 06:13 CDT | 4 comments

An Antares rocket fell back to the launch pad shortly after liftoff, exploding in a fireball that destroyed the vehicle.

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