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Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.

Earth science's next big thing

Meet the next big thing in NASA's mission to study planet Earth: NPP, the NPOESS Preparatory Project satellite.

NASA unveils Space Launch System

After months of political wrangling, NASA has finally unveiled the design of the Space Launch System, America's next deep space transportation system.

New Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photos show Apollo sites in sharpest detail yet

On September 6, NASA released new high-resolution photos from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) showing the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites from vantage points as close as 21 kilometers.

Progress comes to a halt

The first post-shuttle resupply mission in ISS history got off to a rocky start, as a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft failed to reach orbit, crashing into south central Russia.

PAMELA finds some antimatter

A team of international scientists has discovered an antiproton belt around the Earth, using data obtained from PAMELA, a particle identification instrument aboard a Russian Earth observation satellite.

What's up in human spaceflight: the gas station edition

An update on human spaceflight, including orbital propellant depots, suborbital test flights and an Orion crew capsule test aboard a Delta IV Heavy.

NASA thinks Earth is a planet, too

Although much of the publicity NASA receives focuses on planetary exploration, Earth observing satellites like Aqua keep tabs on our home planet's weather and climate.

What's up in human spaceflight: a Dragon approaches

Private spaceflight company SpaceX has secured tentative approval with NASA to combine its next test flight with an actual ISS docking.

Beginning of the post-shuttle era

At 5:57AM EDT (9:57 UTC) this morning, Atlantis gracefully rolled to a stop on runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center Landing Facility, completing the 135th and final mission of the space shuttle program that started in 1981.

Your guide to a shuttle landing

The final installment of my three-part series on the basics of shuttle launches and landings. Part III: de-orbiting, re-entering and landing.

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