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



 



Want to build on our LightSail work? Here are some resources to get started

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:30:21 -0600

The Planetary Society is launching a new webpage showcasing LightSail academic papers, schematics, parts and imagery.



Blitzing Congress for NASA

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:40:22 -0600

Last February, a group called the Space Exploration Alliance held their annual "legislative blitz," walking the halls of Congress to sway lawmakers toward increased support for NASA's 2017 budget.



CYGNSS Launch: The Human Side

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:36:30 -0600

What is it like behind the scenes before, during, and after the launch of a spacecraft?



Hidden Figures: Triumphant in the theater, sobering after

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:48:17 -0600

Go see Hidden Figures, and bring your kids. Despite its serious subject matter, the movie is joyful, often funny, and, in the end, triumphant.



SpaceX is ready to fly rockets again. An expert talks about the reason a Falcon 9 blew up last year

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:02:31 -0600

SpaceX says they fixed a problem with the helium pressurization system that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket last year. The company pushes the boundaries of rocket science, creating an occasional jaw-dropping fireball in the process. But will the risk-reward equation change when SpaceX starts flying astronauts?



Lucy and Psyche Asteroid Missions

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:49:16 -0600

Last week, NASA selected its thirteenth and fourteenth missions in its low cost Discovery program.



Saturn's Ring Particles

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:10:50 -0600

Artist and astrophotographer Judy Schmidt brings us a view from within the rings of Saturn.



NASA is visiting 8 asteroids in 8 years. Here are 8 things to know about the missions

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:33:10 -0600

NASA announced two new asteroid missions today named Lucy and Psyche that will fill important gaps in our understanding of how the solar system was formed. Here are eight things to know about the two missions.



Mystery of Russia’s doomed Progress spacecraft may delay next ISS crew launch

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:00:54 -0600

More than a month after a Progress spacecraft bound for the International Space Station plunged to the ground during a botched launch attempt, investigators are still unable to clear its rocket to carry future ISS crews.



Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Wraps 2016, Heads into 2017 Toward 13th Anniversary

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 01:04:10 -0600

As 2016 came to an end and 2017 rang in, Opportunity was working the first leg of the ascent up the rugged western rim of Endeavour Crater on her way to an ancient gully, the next scientific tour de force down the road, and the mission was closing in on its 13th anniversary of surface operations coming up in the New Year.