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New Horizons is locked on target for its Jupiter encounter

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2006

Alan Stern just posted a detailed update on the status of New Horizons in his PI's Perspective blog on the mission website.

MESSENGER's Venus flyby successful

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2006

A press release just hit my mailbox stating that MESSENGER has been heard from since its Venus flyby, so there are now only four flybys to go before MESSENGER will be in orbit at Mercury!

MESSENGER is approaching its first Venus flyby

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2006

There is a big event taking place tomorrow: the MESSENGER spacecraft flies by Venus for the first time.

Telescope Goes "Semi-Automatic"

Andrew Howard • October 20, 2006

Andrew Howard talks about the "semi-automated" nature of the observations from the Optical SETI telescope.

Update: Monitoring the Weather?

Louis D. Friedman • October 20, 2006

The bigger the dream, the harder it is to achieve it. Our dream at The Planetary Society is to fly the first solar sail mission -- and prove the technology that might someday take humanity to the stars.

Special Coverage from the 2006 Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition

Jake Maule • August 22, 2006

Jake Maule reports from the 2006 Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition.

With Multi-Beam Receiver, SETI@home Takes Giant Step Forward

Amir Alexander • August 14, 2006

In seven intense days spent at the radio telescope Chief scientist Dan Werthimer and his colleagues completely overhauled the way SETI data is gathered at Arecibo, and ensured that SETI@home will henceforth enjoy the benefits of gathering data with the most advanced equipment anywhere in the world.

Cassini's view from the backside of Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2006

Over time, Cassini's orbit apoapsis—the point on the orbit that is farthest from Saturn—has been shifting slowly toward Saturn's night side. Lately, this point of view has resulted in some truly lovely photos of the planet.

They released the entire Cassini RADAR swath across Xanadu!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 20, 2006

Following immediately on the heels of the release of the "T7" swath to the Planetary Data System, the Cassini RADAR team has delivered more: yesterday they released the entire "T13" swath, acquired in April, to the public.

Europa on Earth: The Sulfur Springs of Borup Fiord Pass, Ellesmere Island

Stephen Grasby • July 19, 2006

From June 21 to July 6, 2006, a four-person team traveled to Borup Fiord Pass to perform geological field studies to compare with satellite images.

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