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21. The beginning of the end for Phoenix: No more robotic arm operations

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

NASA and JPL issued a statement today that marks the beginning of Phoenix' descent into death. But by taking the steps outlined in today's statement, the mission hopes to put off that death as long as possible.With less and less sunligh...

Description: The beginning of the end for Phoenix: No more robotic arm operations

22. What's up in the solar system for the week of August 11

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

Let's check in on each of the 20 spacecraft actively exploring the solar system.But first, a calendar reminder: on August 14-15, there is a conference at APL called the Great Planet Debate. As part of this conference, on August 14 at 16...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of August 11

23. What's up in the solar system for the week of August 18

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

I'm posting my weekly update a bit early because I'm going on vacation this week. I was writing like crazy last week to have stuff ready for posting next week, so there will still be posts to read, but if you're wondering next week why ...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of August 18

24. What's up in the solar system for the week of September 22

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

Again, I have two weeks' worth of events to catch up on. Things have been fairly quiet but I think it's not too soon to begin preparing for what's going to be a highly eventful week for space exploration, the second week of October. It...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of September 22

25. Venus, and the Moon, and Atlantis, and ISS, and Magellan

(Web Page; Mon Sep 21 14:04:00 CDT 2015)

Pam Chadbourne, one of the many engineers who made the Magellan Radar Mapper mission possible, sent this note out to Magellan team members this morning, and graciously permitted me to post it here. (Specifically, Pam was Flight Software ...

Description: Pam Chadbourne, one of the many engineers who made the Magellan Radar Mapper mission possible, sent this note out to Magellan team members this morning, and graciously permitted me to post it here.

26. Dawn Journal: Safely Cruising

(Web Page; Mon Aug 04 09:55:00 CDT 2014)

Dear Dawnnoisseurs, Now in interplanetary cruise, the Dawn spacecraft is following a much more leisurely pace than the one it maintained during the initial checkout phase of the mission. While its daily schedule is not demanding, as it ...

Description: Now in interplanetary cruise, the Dawn spacecraft is following a much more leisurely pace than the one it maintained during the initial checkout phase of the mission.

27. [email protected] Finds Some Stardust

(Web Page; Thu Aug 21 16:04:00 CDT 2014)

What’s new at [email protected], the groundbreaking program that asked volunteers to help find interstellar dust particles collected by the spacecraft Stardust? “Things are good” said Andrew Westphal of the Space Sciences L...

Description: What’s new at [email protected], the groundbreaking program that asked volunteers to help find interstellar dust particles collected by the spacecraft Stardust.

28. What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

With the whirlwind of events taking place across the solar system throughout October, I couldn't find the time to keep up with my erstwhile weekly updates of events across the solar system. Things have quieted down again, so I can take ...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

29. What's up in the solar system for the week of August 25

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

Well, we had a lovely family vacation at the beach and I managed to keep from doing any work. The same can't be said for my computer: I gave it plenty of work to do, downloading the complete set of Venus Express camera data, which was j...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of August 25

30. Growth. Peak. Collapse. Planetary exploration from 1959 - 1989

(Web Page; Tue Sep 09 01:50:00 CDT 2014)

In prior posts, I have discussed NASA’s place within the federal budget, and the space science budget within NASA. In this post, I want to look at the role of planetary science at NASA, and what we get for varying levels of investm...

Description: The first three decades of planetary exploration tell a story that sounds all-too-familiar to modern day space advocates. Growth, peak, and then collapse of hard-earned capability. This is the story of planetary science for the first half of its existence.

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