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


NASA wins big in 2018 budget deal

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:27:48 -0500

With the passage of the 2018 spending bill, NASA just got its best budget since 2009. Europa, Earth Science, and a new Mobile Launcher are winners in the $20.7 billion just approved for the space program.

Funpost! The transportation of humans to foreign planets

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:00:10 -0500

For this week's Funpost, Jason answers 11 questions about humans exploring Mars.

#LPSC2018: Titan Is Terrific!

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:44:08 -0500

Emily's first report from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference is on the solar system's most atmospheriffic satellite, Saturn's moon Titan.

Book Review: The Space Barons

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:06 -0500

A new book focuses on the eccentric leaders of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.

LightSail 2 doubles the fun with double integrations

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:06 -0500

LightSail 2 is integrated in Prox-1! It's another important step toward launch day.

Moon Monday: Looking back at the Moon from Apollo 17

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:16:11 -0500

For this Moon Monday, Emily digs up a classic from the end of the Apollo program.

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the Moon!

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:22:34 -0500

Karen James visited a local preschool to share her love for space with a pre-Kindergarten class.

#LPSC2018: A full week of planetary science

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:26:54 -0500

It's time for the 49th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), a geology-focused meeting of planetary scientists. Here's a preview, and a call for help from attendees. I'll be presenting at two lunchtime workshops.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! That time I created work for the ISS crew

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:00:31 -0500

An important American flag is lost and found aboard the International Space Station.

Bill Nye and Prime Minister Trudeau talk Canada's future in space

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:00:14 -0500

The Planetary Society will be at the planning table when Canada's space community regroups after the latest budget release.