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Asteroids have been hitting the Earth for billions of years. In 2022, we hit back.

Andrew Rivkin • September 27, 2018 • 3

DART is a test of the kinetic impactor technique, a potential method to deflect an asteroid on course to impact the Earth.

The day I caught rocket fever

MaryLiz Bender • September 20, 2018 • 3

On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown hit zero, I gripped the railing so tightly I started to lose the feeling in my fingertips.

Farside Landing and Nearside Sample Return

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Long Xiao previews two ambitious Chinese lunar missions, one of which will make the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon.

Chandrayaan-2

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Sriram Bhiravarasu anticipates India’s 2019 lunar venture with an orbiter, lander, and rover.

Feast your eyes on comet 67P's surface, with depth cues added

Mattias Malmer • September 14, 2018 • 3

Mattias Malmer made it a little easier to figure out what Philae really saw in 2014.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: NASA Focuses on Recovering Opportunity as Storm Diminishes and Dust Settles

A.J.S. Rayl • September 09, 2018 • 1

The dust raising power of the storms that wrapped Mars in a cloud in June and July diminished in August. Meanwhile, on Earth, the Opportunity team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reviewed recovery plans, conducted additional simulations, and began wrapping the month with newfound reasons to believe Opportunity can emerge from her hibernation.

Dawn Journal: A Bit of Perspective

Marc Rayman • September 05, 2018 • 11

Like its human colleagues, Dawn started out on Earth, but now its permanent residence in the solar system, Ceres, is far, far away. Let's bring this cosmic landscape into perspective.

Dawn Journal: Denouement

Marc Rayman • September 04, 2018 • 7

A fantastic story of adventure, exploration and discovery is reaching its denouement. In the final phase of its long and productive deep-space mission, Dawn is operating flawlessly in orbit around dwarf planet Ceres.

China's mission to the far side of the Moon will launch in December

Andrew Jones • August 16, 2018

The Chang'e-4 spacecraft will launch on December 7 toward a farside landing, making use of a relay satellite to stay in touch with Earth.

The Venus controversy

Adeene Denton • August 14, 2018 • 9

A lack of new missions keeps scientists guessing on what shaped the planet’s surface.

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