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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

Selecting the Next Creative Idea for Exploring the Solar System

Posted 2014/12/01 07:39 CST | 0 comment

With the release of the official Announcement of Opportunity (AO) early in November, NASA has officially begun the competition to select its next low cost ($450M) Discovery program planetary mission. Because planetary scientists are free to propose missions to any destination in the solar system other than the sun and Earth, these competitions bring out the creativity in the planetary science program.

A Rich Potpourri of Future Mission Concepts

Posted 2014/11/26 05:01 CST | 0 comment

The past few months have brought announcements for new missions from India and China as well as a wealth of creative ideas for future missions.

Europa: How Less Can Be More

Posted 2014/08/26 06:55 CDT | 6 comments

Van Kane explains three factors that make exploring Europa hard—factors that can make a mission concept that seems like less actually be more.

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