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China Considers Voyager-like Mission to Interstellar Space

Andrew Jones • November 19, 2019 • 2

The mission includes a flyby of Neptune and measurements of the heliosphere, the electrically charged gas bubble surrounding our solar system

In 1983, Carl Sagan Urged NASA to Send a Mission to Saturn and Titan

The Planetary Report • November/December 1983

"We very much hope that NASA will be able to make an early commitment to such a mission," wrote Sagan to administrator James Beggs.

How the European Space Agency Does Planetary Defense

Detlef Koschny • September 27, 2019

Defending the planet from the hazard of potential asteroid impacts requires investments from the whole world. In Europe, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union both support work to understand and mitigate the threats from near-Earth objects.

The State of Planetary Defense

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2019

Vishnu Reddy delivers a sober but hopeful report on our understanding of near-Earth objects, their dangers, and our readiness.

NASA, ESA Officials Outline Latest Mars Sample Return Plans

Justin Cowart • August 13, 2019 • 1

The current strategy includes the Mars 2020 rover, a lander carrying a rover and ascent vehicle, and an Earth return orbiter.

Lunar Orbiter Longjiang-2 Smashes into Moon

Andrew Jones • August 05, 2019 • 1

Don’t worry, this was a planned end for a tiny satellite that has been a huge success.

What the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impact Taught Us

Heidi Hammel • July 15, 2019 • 2

Twenty-five years ago, multiple fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter, changing the face of the planet and the course of planetary science.

Hayabusa2 makes second touchdown on asteroid Ryugu

Andrew Jones • July 11, 2019

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has touched down on Ryugu for a second time, bagging samples which hopefully contain material from the subsurface of the asteroid.

What to Expect when Chandrayaan-2 Launches to and Lands on the Moon

Sridhar Narayanan • July 08, 2019 • 3

A preview guide for India's upcoming Moon mission.

LightSail 2 Launch Viewing: Tips & Tricks

Justin Foley • June 15, 2019

LightSail 2 is launching on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is one payload of many on the mission known collectively as STP-2. Space Test Program (STP) is a crucial part of the US Air Force’s development of advanced technologies in space.

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