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The Next 10 Years

Six scientists share the major planetary science discoveries of the past decade, and the questions that will drive the next 10 years of solar system exploration.

NASA’s Lucy mission gets caught in a fight between rocket companies

SpaceX says it wants to save NASA money, but its actions could cost taxpayers more in the end.

Lucy and Psyche Asteroid Missions

Last week, NASA selected its thirteenth and fourteenth missions in its low cost Discovery program.

NASA is visiting 8 asteroids in 8 years. Here are 8 things to know about the missions

NASA announced two new asteroid missions today named Lucy and Psyche that will fill important gaps in our understanding of how the solar system was formed. Here are eight things to know about the two missions.

Countdown to the Next NASA Discovery Mission Selection

If NASA’s managers hold to their schedule, we will learn sometime this month what NASA’s next planetary mission will be.

Discovery Finalists

Van Kane rounds up the missions selected to move onto the next round in NASA's Discovery proposal process.

NASA announces five Discovery proposals selected for further study

NASA announced the first-round selections for its next Discovery mission today. A total of five planetary mission concepts -- three targeted at asteroids, two at Venus -- will move to the next stage of the competition.

Proposals to Explore the Solar System’s Smallest Worlds

Van Kane rounds up some of the latest NASA Discovery mission proposals aiming to explore our solar system's smallest bodies.

Selecting the Next Creative Idea for Exploring the Solar System

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.

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