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


NASA's 2018 budget request is here, and we broke down the details

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:27:07 -0500

The White House's 2018 federal budget request includes $19.1 billion for NASA, which is a 3 percent drop from 2017. We broke down the details.

Here's what you need to know about the Electron rocket, which is set to launch from New Zealand

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:35:25 -0500

Rocket Lab's Electron, a light-lift launcher for small satellites, is ready to make its debut test flight from a peninsula in New Zealand.

Orbital ATK discusses Antares rocket's future, confirms new NASA cargo mission

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:09 -0500

Company officials say they have no plans to retire Antares, which has secured its first mission order under the second round of NASA's commercial cargo flights, known as CRS-2.

Saturn's small satellites, to scale

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:37:34 -0500

Emily shares another of her popular size comparisons of solar system bodies, taking advantage of Cassini's recent views of Saturn's tiniest moons.

Jupiter from New Horizons

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:38:24 -0500

Using new image processing techniques, Alex Parker brings new life to an old image of Jupiter captured by the New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto over a decade ago.

Cassini's 'Grand Finale' Portrait of Saturn

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00:07 -0500

Amateur image processor Ian Regan shares a stunning mosaic of Saturn in all its ringed glory.

The anatomy of a delay: Here's a timeline of twists and turns for NASA's SLS and Orion programs

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:25:29 -0500

The Space Launch System and Orion won't fly until 2019, and NASA is sticking with its original plan not to include astronauts for the maiden mission. Here is a timeline of some of the programs' major twists and turns over the years.

Geology on Mars: Using stratigraphic columns to tell the story of Gale Crater

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:00:19 -0500

Stratigraphic columns are a basic tool in geology, used on both Earth and Mars to tell the story of a location. But what are they really?

Radar in Earth and Planetary Science, Part 2

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:00:10 -0500

Heather Hunter brings us the next installment in her series on radio detection and ranging.

Does NASA get its money's worth for Antares-Cygnus flights?

Thu, 11 May 2017 06:15:00 -0500

Despite being funded to fill a perceived gap in U.S. launch capabilities, Orbital ATK's Antares rocket has yet to find a customer besides NASA. Did the space agency get its money's worth?