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1. BepiColombo's launch date has slipped to August 2015

(Web Page; Sun Sep 14 10:34:00 CDT 2014)

ESA announced this morning that the launch of their BepiColombo mission, a cooperative effort with JAXA, has been delayed from its originally planned July 2014 to the backup launch window in August 2015, stating by way of explanation tha...

Description: ESA announced this morning that the launch of their BepiColombo mission, a cooperative effort with JAXA, has been delayed from its originally planned July 2014 to the backup launch window in August 2015.

2. A Clearer Impression of Degas Crater

(Web Page; Mon Oct 06 10:09:00 CDT 2014)

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.” —Degas Like many artists and authors, impressionist painter Edgar ...

Description: MESSENGER is revealing the first planet in sharp detail.

3. Orion service module, Ariane development highlight new ESA budget

(Web Page; Fri Nov 21 12:54:00 CST 2014)

Representatives from the European Space Agency’s 20 member states and Canada approved a 10 billion euro budget (13 billion U.S. dollars) for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy. Unlike NASA, the ES...

Description: Representatives from the ESA approved a 10 billion euro budget for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy.

4. Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: Introduction

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:00:00 CDT 2012)

Every year at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference there is a weekend meeting co-hosted by Brown University and the Vernadsky Institute called "Microsymposium," with a narrowly-defined theme. This year's Microsymposium was titled ...

Description: Brown-Vernadsky Microsymposium 2009: Introduction

5. LPSC 2015: MESSENGER's low-altitude campaign at Mercury

(Web Page; Wed Mar 25 19:54:00 CDT 2015)

The MESSENGER mission is nearly over. In fact, principal investigator Sean Solomon said at a press briefing last week, "the mission will come to a natural close, reaching a periapsis altitude of zero, otherwise known as impact on Mercury...

Description: At last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, the MESSENGER team held a press briefing to share results from the recent few months of incredibly low-altitude flight over Mercury's surface. The mission will last only about five weeks more.

6. Skimming the inner planets: Updates on MESSENGER and Venus Express

(Web Page; Tue Jun 24 12:53:00 CDT 2014)

The two spacecraft currently orbiting the two innermost planets are both flying low in their orbits in the final phases of their missions. MESSENGER just performed a rocket burn to raise its orbit slightly, while Venus Express did the op...

Description: The two spacecraft currently orbiting the two innermost planets are both flying low in their orbits in the final phases of their missions. MESSENGER just performed a rocket burn to raise its orbit slightly, while Venus Express did the opposite.

7. Planetary exploration in 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planet

(Web Page; Wed Dec 31 10:48:00 CST 2014)

Looking ahead to what we can expect from Earth's exploration of the rest of the solar system in 2015, there's an obvious theme: Dwarf planets. Dawn enters orbit at Ceres in March, and will spend most of the rest of 2015 in a series of su...

Description: Looking ahead to what we can expect from Earth's exploration of the rest of the solar system in 2015, there's an obvious theme: Dwarf planets.

8. Farewell, MESSENGER

(Web Page; Fri May 01 18:56:00 CDT 2015)

There is one less robot exploring the solar system today. MESSENGER, which has orbited Mercury for four years, finally ran out of fuel and crashed into the planet at 17:26 UT on Thursday, April 30, 2015. The impact happened out of sight ...

Description: There is one less robot exploring the solar system today. MESSENGER, which has orbited Mercury for four years, finally ran out of fuel and crashed into the planet at 17:26 UT on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

9. Europe Will Select Its Next Major Science Mission in November

(Web Page; Tue Oct 22 18:32:00 CDT 2013)

Last spring, the European Space Agency (ESA) put out a call for concepts for its next two €1-billion science missions. If history proves to be a guide, there's a good chance that one of the selected concepts will be a solar system m...

Description: The European Space Agency will announce two major science missions this November, one of which is likely to be devoted to solar system exploration.

10. What are Mercury's hollows?

(Web Page; Tue Feb 18 09:39:00 CST 2014)

Whenever I talk about the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, one discovery that I always mention is these strange features that the science team has dubbed "hollows." Nothing quite like them has been seen on any other world. A geomorphic myst...

Description: I've been fascinated by Mercury's hollows ever since MESSENGER discovered them. Two recent papers look at where they are found to try to figure out how they form.