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A guide to interesting stuff going on in space science, space exploration, and space advocacy.



 



Finding spacecraft impacts on the Moon

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0600

Over nearly 60 years of spacecraft exploration of the Moon, lots of spacecraft have crashed on the lunar surface—some accidental, some intentional. Phil Stooke hunts for their impact sites.



Everything you need to know about tomorrow's historic SpaceX launch

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:00:07 -0600

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from a former space shuttle launch pad tomorrow morning. Here's a rundown of everything you need to know about the historic event.



Solar sailing in Japan: 10 questions for LightSail engineer Barbara Plante

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:01:50 -0600

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and LightSail systems engineer Barbara Plante recently traveled to Japan for a solar sailing symposium. Our Q&A with Plante discusses everything from CubeSat attitude control systems to robotic giraffes in Tokyo.



Space, Science, and Technology Take Center Stage

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:01:05 -0600

The Science Line—a non-profit working to bridge the gap between science, technology and fashion by inspiring youth through STEM fashion shows, competitions, educational kits and hands-on workshops—hosted the first STEM Fashion Show in partnership with the Challenger Space Center of Arizona.



Want NASA to pick your space mission proposal? Two winning scientists share some tips

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:00:44 -0600

NASA is currently accepting proposals for its next New Frontiers-class planetary science mission. What does the agency look for in a winning proposal? The two scientists behind the ORISIS-REx and Psyche missions share some tips.



See LightSail at the London Science Museum

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:00:11 -0600

The London Science Museum, one of the world’s leading science centers, has welcomed our citizen-funded spacecraft into its halls.



Microbes exist deep inside Earth’s craters. Could this be the secret to finding life on other worlds?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:04:59 -0600

Earth possesses amazing biological diversity. Every corner of this planet—no matter how bizarre the place—is inhabited by microorganisms. This includes impact craters.



Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Celebrates the Big 1-3, Begins 14th Year of Ops!

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 19:14:46 -0600

2017 got off to a start that was unprecedented in every good way: Opportunity completed her 13th Earth year of surface operations and drove the first overland expedition of the Red Planet into its 14th year.



Curiosity update, sols 1548-1599: Serious drill brake problem as Curiosity drives through Murray red beds

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:21:05 -0600

Since my last update, the Curiosity mission has developed a better understanding of the problem that prevented them from drilling at Precipice, but its intermittent nature has slowed the development of a workable solution that will allow them to use the drill again. In the meantime, the rover has driven onward, making good use of its other instruments.



Dawn Journal: A New Perspective on Ceres

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:45:53 -0600

Dawn has moved into its sixth orbital phase, with a new sun angle that provides an opportunity to gain a new perspective on the asteroid Ceres.