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81. NPP's launching next week, and I'll be there to see it! (Hopefully.)

(Web Page; Wed Feb 19 18:20:00 CST 2014)

It's been killing me that I haven't been able to attend any of the major deep-space launches this year -- GRAIL, Juno, or the upcoming Curiosity. So I was thrilled when NASA announced the opportunity for Twitter users to register to atte...

Description: I'm (hopefully) headed to the launch of a Delta II (the last currently scheduled Delta II!) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, as one of only 20 people selected to participate out of more than 600 who registered.

82. Your hypothetical questions, answered: SpaceX prepares to refly rocket booster

(Web Page; Wed Apr 05 13:10:00 CDT 2017)

SpaceX is poised to make history this week by reflying a rocket booster that launched a payload into space last year before landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It's the first attempt to demonstrate a capability the company ha...

Description: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster recovered by a drone ship last year will be reflown later this week, marking what could be a new milestone in the quest for affordable spaceflight.

83. Direct Imaging

(Web Page; Thu Apr 13 17:59:00 CDT 2017)

Direct imaging of exoplanets is extremely difficult, and in most cases impossible. Being small and dim planets are easily lost in the brilliant glare of the giant stars they orbit. Nevertheless, even with existing telescope technology th...

Description: Direct imaging of exoplanets is extremely difficult, and in most cases impossible. Being small and dim planets are easily lost in the brilliant glare of the giant stars they orbit. Nevertheless, even with existing telescope technology there are special circumstances in which a planet can be directly observed.

84. Mars 2020 Science Announcement Live-blog

(Web Page; Mon May 28 15:39:00 CDT 2018)

1:12pm PDT: And we're done. This was possibly one of the most lethargic press conferences I've hard about Mars in a long time. I kept asking myself, who is this for? Why was there so much time spent on talking about how the report foll...

Description: Follow along as NASA reacts to the recommendations of the science definition team for the next Mars rover.

85. Chang’e-4 may have discovered material from the Moon’s mantle

(Web Page; Wed May 15 15:09:00 CDT 2019)

The first science results from the unprecedented Chang’e-4 lunar far side mission are in. The mission’s Yutu-2 rover, deployed from the lander shortly after the Chang’e-4 landing on 3 January, has, with the help of the ...

Description: The first science results from the unprecedented Chang’e-4 lunar far side mission are in. The mission’s Yutu-2 rover, deployed from the lander shortly after the Chang’e-4 landing on 3 January, has, with the help of the Queqiao relay satellite, returned data which suggests it has discovered material derived from the Moon’s mantle.

86. What's up in the solar system in January 2012, and the rest of the year

(Web Page; Sat Apr 19 14:15:00 CDT 2014)

There will be no planetary launches in 2012, but there is still plenty of deep-space activity to look forward to over the coming year. I count 24 spacecraft currently exploring or en route to points across the solar system. The year will...

Description: There will be no planetary launches in 2012, but there is still plenty of deep-space activity to look forward to over the coming year.

87. Implementing Missions Within Budget—Good News

(Web Page; Wed Feb 10 14:54:00 CST 2016)

A few years ago, cost overruns in NASA’s science program were a significant news story. (See, for example, this post from 2009.) The major culprits were the two largest missions, the James Webb Space Telescope and the Mars Science ...

Description: Last decade, cost overruns on a number of planetary missions stretched NASA's budget. Recent missions have stayed within budget, but the cost of fiscal discipline may mean staying close to home.

88. #Mercury2018: From MESSENGER to BepiColombo and beyond

(Web Page; Thu May 17 14:14:00 CDT 2018)

About 130 Mercury fans gathered in Maryland this month for a meeting about “Mercury: Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet.” The Mercury community is eagerly anticipating the launch of BepiColombo this fall, so i...

Description: A Mercury meeting held May 1-3 summarized the current and future science of the innermost planet. Emily Lakdawalla was there and shares her notes.

89. Highlights from our reddit Space Policy AMA

(Web Page; Fri Feb 27 18:19:00 CST 2015)

The space policy and advocacy team here at The Planetary Society recently held an AMA ('Ask Me Anything,' or, more accurately, an 'Ask Us Anything') on reddit about NASA's budget and space policy. We took questions live from Washington,...

Description: The space policy and advocacy team at The Planetary Society held an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit, here are some of the highlights.

90. #DPS17: Wobbling the Moon and art by James Tuttle Keane

(Web Page; Tue Oct 24 12:41:00 CDT 2017)

James Tuttle Keane is increasingly famous (among planetary scientists anyway) for his remarkable illustrated notes from conferences. I'll post those at the end, but first I'll focus on Keane's own scientific work as illustrated by him an...

Description: James Tuttle Keane is increasingly famous (among planetary scientists anyway) for his remarkable illustrated notes from conferences. Here's his work from the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, illustrating both his own and others' research.

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