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Mangalyaan, India's 2013 Mars mission, is now under construction

Emily Lakdawalla • September 27, 2012 • 10

In August, India's prime minister announced the intent to build and launch a Mars orbiter in time for the November 2013 launch window, an insanely fast schedule. The structure of the spacecraft has now been delivered.

NASA's New Direction For Mars (Maybe)

Casey Dreier • September 26, 2012

The future of the Mars Exploration Program exists as multiple mission plans straining to exist in the brutal new cost cap from the FY13 budget, pushed far into the future.

An alien moon, photographed from the surface of an alien world

Emily Lakdawalla • September 26, 2012 • 8

Curiosity has successfully photographed a crescent Phobos in a bright daylit Martian sky.

Cosmoquest Science Hour, Wednesday: A virtual field trip to the hills on Curiosity's horizon

Emily Lakdawalla • September 25, 2012 • 2

I'm hosting this week's Cosmoquest Science Hour, and plan to take viewers on a virtual tour of those mountains on Curiosity's horizon, and show you where Curiosity is likely to go. Join me and Fraser Cain here at 1600 PDT / 2300 UTC Wednesday.

Comet ISON: 30% chance of awesome, 60% chance of that being wrong

Bill Gray • September 25, 2012 • 10

A very interesting comet has recently been discovered -- interesting because it will nearly graze the Sun in August 2013 and then approach Earth closely the following December. Whether it will turn out to be a great comet is impossible to know.

SpaceX ready for return to International Space Station

Jason Davis • September 25, 2012 • 1

SpaceX is two weeks away from returning to the International Space Station. Following a successful demo flight in May, NASA is entrusting the private spaceflight company with a half-ton of mission-critical station cargo.

Follow the Water (to our leaking pipe)

Jennifer Vaughn • September 24, 2012 • 1

It's been an eventful week: Curiosity drove to its first science target, Endeavour arrived in Los Angeles, and a leaking pipe shut down Planetary Society headquarters. We continue to work but not from within our headquarters. We expect to be back on Thursday morning, putting our workspaces back together and catching up on any work that got quarantined. Until then, you can find us online.

A New Direction for Mars? CAPS Meeting 2012 Coverage

Casey Dreier • September 24, 2012 • 9

The Mars Program Planning Group presents its new plan for Mars exploration in lieu of recent cuts to its budget on Tuesday, Sept 25th. We also get updates on the Europa Mission study at CAPS 2012 in Irvine, CA.

Talking the Spectre of Sequester on Huffington Post Live

Casey Dreier • September 22, 2012 • 5

I joined a discussion on the new Huffington Post Live channel about the threats of the sequestration cuts to NASA's budget and its implications to the larger scientific community.

Video: Endeavour's final liftoff

Emily Lakdawalla • September 21, 2012 • 1

I was at Edwards Air Force Base this morning for Endeavour's last takeoff, and shot video as it roared past me. Follow the link for 3D video.

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