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



 



Here's our rolling list of space things affected by the U.S. government shutdown

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:46:29 -0600

The International Space Station stays open for business; everything else is at least somewhat affected.



Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - January 2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:37:10 -0600

As a service to our members and to promote transparency, The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.



Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye to Attend the State of the Union Address

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:45:14 -0600

When a congressman and current nominee for NASA Administrator asks you to be his guest at the state of the union address in Washington, D.C., how do you respond? For us, the answer was easy. Yes, Bill would be there.



Let's talk about NASA's latest commercial crew delay

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:19:35 -0600

SpaceX and Boeing might not be certified to carry astronauts to the International Space Station until 2019 or 2020.



Dawn Journal: 4 Billion Miles

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:22 -0600

Permanently in residence at dwarf planet Ceres, Dawn is now preparing to add some finishing touches to its mission.



A new look at Venus with Akatsuki

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:50:26 -0600

Amateur image processor Damia Bouic shares a plethora of stunning new images of Venus captured by a Japanese spacecraft.



HiRISE image coverage of the Curiosity field site on Mars, Version 4.0

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:00:36 -0600

The latest and greatest update of Emily's list of all the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE images that contain Curiosity hardware, tracks, or traverses.



No plumes? No problem. How Europa Clipper will analyze an icy moon's ocean

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:00:11 -0600

Europa doesn't have grandiose plumes like Enceladus. So how will the Clipper mission figure out what's in Europa's ocean?



Curiosity update, sols 1814-1926: Vera Rubin Ridge Walkabout

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:13:53 -0600

Curiosity is climbing across the top of Vera Rubin Ridge, spying varicolored rocks. It's getting closer to being ready to drill again, and has performed a wet chemistry experiment for the first time.



Winter 2017/2018 issue of The Planetary Report

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 12:56:39 -0600

The Winter 2017/2018 issue of The Planetary Report is arriving in Planetary Society members’ mailboxes—but members who like to read their magazine on the screen can pick it up online.