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


OSIRIS-REx shows us space isn't entirely empty

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:07:47 -0500

What a cool photo of OSIRIS-REx's sample return capsule! But wait, what's that black dot near the top?

The Opportunity selfie: 5000 Sols in the making

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:07 -0500

A personal story recounts how a NASA team used a microscopic imager to take a selfie of the Opportunity rover.

Funpost! Can you name a space vehicle for each letter of the alphabet?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:06 -0500

There are NASA choices for all letters except Y and Z; for those two, you'll need to go international.

Recap: Breakthrough Discuss 2018

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:05 -0500

If you had a spaceship and could take it anywhere in the solar system to search for life, where would you go?

Curiosity Update, sols 1972-2026: Completing the Vera Rubin Ridge Walkabout

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:34:32 -0500

The Curiosity team has completed its initial survey of the top of Vera Rubin Ridge, and is ready to make another attempt at drilling after the rock at Lake Orcadie proved to be too hard.

Space grade electronics: How NASA’s Juno survives near Jupiter

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:19:35 -0500

Take a look at how electronics of spacecraft are built to survive the harshness of space environments.

Moon Monday: Deimos

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:36:33 -0500

Digging into the Viking archives to produce a new old composite of Mars' smaller moon.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Hidden in Plain Sight

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:08 -0500

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares of his latest work.

Funpost! A funny thing happened on the way to the Moon

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 06:00:05 -0500

A few ripping good yarns from 1969. And a truly terrifying cartoon.

Diving into Juno JIRAM data archives

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:55:50 -0500

The Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument can obtain images in two infrared bands. JIRAM can see the nightside of Jupiter (including the winter pole) and takes spectacular animations.