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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

Europa Budget Bulge

Posted 2016/01/25 07:04 CST | 0 comment

Van Kane explains how the key development for NASA’s mission to Europa will be an agreement on how the agency plans to accommodate the monetary bulge that will come from funding the mission.

A Lander for NASA’s Europa Mission

Posted 2016/01/05 07:03 CST | 8 comments

While there’s at least eight years until it launches, this has been a pivotal year for developing NASA’s Europa mission.

InSight's Problems: Possible Impacts

Posted 2015/12/23 08:57 CST | 4 comments

Van Kane details the potential repercussions of the launch delay of InSight Mars lander on the rest of NASA's Discovery mission program.

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