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91. Akatsuki begins a productive science mission at Venus

(Web Page; Thu May 19 18:02:00 CDT 2016)

This post is a little delayed, but I hope it will still be welcome because the news is good: Japan's Akatsuki Venus orbiter is well into its science mission, and has already produced surprising science results. Project manager Masato Nak...

Description: Japan's Akatsuki Venus orbiter is well into its science mission, and has already produced surprising science results. The mission, originally planned to last two years, could last as many as five, monitoring Venus' atmosphere over the long term.

92. What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

With the whirlwind of events taking place across the solar system throughout October, I couldn't find the time to keep up with my erstwhile weekly updates of events across the solar system. Things have quieted down again, so I can take ...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of November 10

93. What's up in the solar system in August 2009

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

Time to step back and take stock of what's going on with all our favorite robotic missions exploring space beyond Earth....NASA's MESSENGER is now closing in on its third and final flyby of Mercury, coming up on September 29. Its view o...

Description: What's up in the solar system in August 2009

94. What's up in the Solar System in August 2012

(Web Page; Sat Mar 28 19:33:00 CDT 2015)

Welcome to the monthly roundup of our Solar System's envoy of electronic explorers! All human eyes are focused on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity as it completes its eight-month journey to Mars this Monday. In a span of ten minute...

Description: Welcome to the monthly roundup of our solar system's envoy of electronic explorers! All eyes are on Curiosity as it approaches Mars this weekend. Who will lend support at the Red Planet?

95. What's up in planetary missions in 2014

(Web Page; Fri May 18 14:31:00 CDT 2018)

With the New Year upon us, what can we look forward to in 2014? For me, the main event of 2014 is that ESA's Rosetta mission finally -- finally! -- catches up to the comet it has been chasing for a decade. But first it has to wake up fro...

Description: With the New Year upon us, what can we look forward to in 2014? For me, the main event of 2014 is that ESA's Rosetta mission finally -- finally! -- catches up to the comet it has been chasing for a decade. We will lose LADEE, gain two Mars orbiters, and launch Hayabusa2. The year begins with an amazing 24 spacecraft exploring or cruising toward various planetary destinations.

96. What's up in the solar system in April 2010

(Web Page; Mon Oct 19 11:15:00 CDT 2015)

This month, we can expect lots of cool images of icy moons from Cassini, which will have close encounters with Dione (April 7, at 500 kilometers) and Enceladus (April 28, 100 kilometers), and more distant encounters with nearly every oth...

Description: This month, we can expect lots of cool images of icy moons from Cassini, which will have close encounters with Dione and Enceladus, and more distant encounters with nearly every other iceball flying around the Saturn system inside Titan's orbit.

97. Atmospheric Waves Awareness: An Explainer

(Web Page; Wed May 30 05:29:00 CDT 2018)

Yesterday, the Venus Express mission announced the observation of planetary waves in Venus' polar atmosphere. Following is an explainer on planetary waves, gravity waves, and atmospheric tides. --Ed. Atmospheres are full of waves. Some,...

Description: There are two types of atmospheric waves that are critically important on Earth and other planets: gravity waves and planetary waves.

98. Downselect: NASA narrows future mission destination to comet 67P or Titan

(Web Page; Wed Dec 20 15:15:00 CST 2017)

NASA today narrowed its list of contenders for a future planetary exploration mission to two concepts: CAESAR, a cometary sample return, and Dragonfly, a drone to explore Saturn's moon Titan. The agency will fund both missions through 20...

Description: The winner will be picked in 2019.

99. Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Europlanet Wrap-up

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:01:00 CDT 2012)

All last week, Doug Ellison filed reports from the third European Planetary Science Congress, also known as Europlanet, taking place in Münster, Germany. Doug is the dictator-for-life of the online forum unmannedspaceflight.com.Thi...

Description: Doug Ellison at Europlanet 2008: Europlanet Wrap-up

100. What's up in the solar system for the week of June 16

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

I'm back from vacation and slowly getting back up to speed, so it's a good time to check in on what's going on with our trusty robots around the solar system. Before I do that I want to give a big thanks to Jim and James for their contr...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of June 16

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