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Proposals to Explore the Solar System’s Smallest Worlds

Van Kane • July 27, 2015 • 10

Van Kane rounds up some of the latest NASA Discovery mission proposals aiming to explore our solar system's smallest bodies.

A New Way to Prepare Samples of Mars for Return to the Earth

Casey Dreier • July 23, 2015 • 16

Mars 2020, NASA’s next and yet-to-be-named Mars rover, will be the first mission to collect and prepare samples of the martian surface for return to Earth. The rover's engineering team has proposed a new sampling caching strategy that differs from previous concepts in some interesting ways.

Mars Plans Advance (and Occasionally Fade)

Van Kane • May 08, 2015 • 14

In the last two months, there has been significant news about the European-Russian 2018 mission and about NASA’s 2020 rover. NASA also has announced that it would like to send a new orbiter to the Red Planet in the early 2020s.

How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Casey Dreier • May 05, 2015 • 5

Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

The study team at JPL Will Present their Mars Program Concept at the 2015 Humans to Mars Summit

Casey Dreier • April 17, 2015

A study team at JPL will present their humans to Mars program concept at the Humans to Mars Summit and publish it as a peer-reviewed article in the New Space Journal.

Discovery Lives

Jason Callahan • April 08, 2015 • 7

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.

A New Path to Mars?

Casey Dreier • April 02, 2015 • 40

A new advocacy initiative for the Society: let's get humans to Mars.

Four Ideas to Bust the Floor on Outer Planet Mission Costs

Van Kane • March 26, 2015 • 7

The road to lower costs outer planet missions has been paved by NASA’s first two New Frontiers missions, the $700M New Horizons mission to Pluto and the $1.1B Juno mission to Jupiter. But can the cost of a mission to the outer solar system be cut to $450M, the limit for a Discovery mission?

Understanding why our most Earth-like neighbor, Venus, is so different

Van Kane • March 02, 2015 • 3

Van Kane introduces us to EnVision—a proposed European mission to help improve our understanding of Venus.

Why We Write to Congress

Casey Dreier • February 19, 2015

It's time to write to Congress in support of planetary exploration. Why? Because it works.

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