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The real science of aliens, the policy implications of ET, and new views of worlds beyond our own.
The Moon casts shadows on itself and on Earth, environmental concerns overshadow a test launch’s success, and exoplanets are awesome (beyond a shadow of a doubt).
When the Psyche mission missed its launch date in 2022, it caused a ripple-effect of delays and budget woes for other JPL-led missions. Dr. Laurie Leshin, JPL's new director, shares her insights into the unique challenges facing her team and what she's doing to change JPL for the better.
New discoveries from Ryugu, material heading our way from Bennu, and anticipation for a mission to Psyche.
Reflecting on Carl Sagan’s influence on this pale blue dot we call Earth.
See images your eyes wouldn’t normally be able to see, and learn about what these images can teach you.
Planets are beautiful and fascinating enough on their own, but there’s no denying that moons and rings add a little something special.
Exploration will always face setbacks, but this week’s Downlink reminds us of the impressive human ability to persevere.
Gear up for a mission to a metallic world and catch up on the latest in space news.
When we explore space we see familiar things: seasons, ice caps, and maybe someday even plants.
Get a peek at the Martian moon and catch up on what the newest Mars explorer has been up to.
NASA is currently accepting proposals for its next New Frontiers-class planetary science mission. What does the agency look for in a winning proposal? The two scientists behind the ORISIS-REx and Psyche missions share some tips.
Last week, NASA selected its thirteenth and fourteenth missions in its low cost Discovery program.
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.
If NASA’s managers hold to their schedule, we will learn sometime this month what NASA’s next planetary mission will be.
Van Kane rounds up the missions selected to move onto the next round in NASA's Discovery proposal process.
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.
Van Kane rounds up some of the latest NASA Discovery mission proposals aiming to explore our solar system's smallest bodies.
Last month teams of scientists from around the United States submitted proposals for the thirteenth mission in NASA’s Discovery program. Jason Callahan discusses this latest round of proposals.
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.