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



 



Ground finale? Deployment test moves LightSail 2 closer to handoff

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:34:48 -0600

LightSail 2 successfully demonstrated all of its critical functions during what may have been the CubeSat's final end-to-end systems test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.



Review: New book brings artistry of Apollo photos to your living room

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:07:17 -0600

Jason Davis reviews a new photo book showcasing a stunning collection of images taken by NASA's Apollo astronauts from 1968 through 1972.



Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Departs Spirit Mound, Embarks on Toughest Exit Ever

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:55:49 -0600

Opportunity worked along Endeavour Crater's western rim through November, taking pictures, hiking slopes, and finishing work in the depths of Cape Tribulation.



What's the matter with Russia's rockets?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:01:48 -0600

Fifteen Russian rockets have failed in the past 6 years. Of those mishaps, all but two involved upper stages. So what's going on? The problem may actually lie far beyond the country's aerospace industry.



TeamIndus Announces Launch Contract with ISRO

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:45:59 -0600

TeamIndus, India’s only entry for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, just announced their launch contract with ISRO. If successful, TeamIndus would be the first private company from India to land a craft on an extraterrestrial body.



ISS-bound Progress spacecraft fails to reach orbit, breaks apart over southern Siberia

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:49:10 -0600

This morning's launch of an uncrewed Russian Progress cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station went awry. Following a third-stage failure, the vehicle reentered Earth's atmosphere and broke apart over southern Siberia in Russia.



Review: Arrival’s surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:01:16 -0600

In a review of the new sci-fi film Arrival, Jason Davis says there's a lot to like about the movie's surprising message of happiness and hope for humanity.



Dawn Journal: Maneuvering for Science

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:24:53 -0600

Dawn is completing another elegant spiral around dwarf planet Ceres, maneuvering to its sixth science orbit. Chief Engineer and Mission Manager Marc Rayman brings us his latest update.



Rocket Road Trip: Watch a new video series on NASA's human spaceflight program

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:18:02 -0600

The Planetary Society debuts a new, five-part video series on NASA's human spaceflight program. We went on a 10-day, 450-mile journey throughout the southern U.S. to see how the agency is preparing to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since 1972.



Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: The Space Between

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:16:18 -0600

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his beautiful photos showcasing interstellar phenomena.