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Van Kane

Van Kane

Van Kane

Van Kane has followed planetary exploration since he opened his newspaper in 1976 and saw the first photo from the surface of Mars. The challenges of conceiving and designing planetary missions has always fascinated him. He doesn't have any formal tie to NASA or planetary exploration (although he uses data from NASA's Earth science missions in his professional work as an ecologist).

Kane writes a blog about the future of planetary exploration.

Latest Blog Posts

A Comet or Titan: The Next New Frontiers Mission

May 02, 2018

Both would do compelling science in the mid-2030s. Otherwise the two missions could not be more different.

Meet VOX, a proposed mission to uncover the secrets of Venus

October 09, 2017

Van Kane brings us newly released details of the Venus Origins eXplorer (VOX), one of NASA's 12 New Frontiers mission proposals.

Here's what we know about the 12 proposals for NASA's next New Frontiers mission

August 10, 2017

NASA officials are in the process of selecting the agency’s next planetary science mission from a field of 12 competitors.

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