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).
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Posted 2013/11/12 06:26 CST | 4 comments
NASA’s shrinking budgets for planetary exploration may force it to decide between continued funding for the Saturn Cassini mission and the continued funding for its Mars missions.
Posted 2013/11/06 08:44 CST | 3 comments
The European Space Agency has selected two astrophysics observatories as its next large science missions, overlooking every proposed planetary mission. ESA's current selection of planetary missions, however, means it will still be a major player in solar system exploration for the next two decades.