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



 



Radar in Earth and Planetary Science: An Intro

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:14:59 -0600

Heather Hunter explains how radar works and what it's used for on Earth and beyond.



Wonderful potentially habitable worlds around TRAPPIST-1

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:00:47 -0600

Scientists have found seven, Earth-size planets orbiting a star just 40 light years away. Three lie in the habitable zone and could have water on their surfaces.



NASA's audacious Europa missions are getting closer to reality

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:43:46 -0600

Today, NASA announced progress on a spacecraft that would assess whether Jupiter's Moon Europa is habitable, and earlier this month, an agency-sponsored science team released a report on a separate lander mission that would directly search for signs of life.



Did Voyager 1 capture an image of Enceladus' plumes erupting?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:38:29 -0600

Amateur image processor Ted Stryk revisited Voyager 1 data of Enceladus and came across a surprise.



Finding spacecraft impacts on the Moon

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0600

Over nearly 60 years of spacecraft exploration of the Moon, lots of spacecraft have crashed on the lunar surface—some accidental, some intentional. Phil Stooke hunts for their impact sites.



Everything you need to know about tomorrow's historic SpaceX launch

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:00:07 -0600

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from a former space shuttle launch pad tomorrow morning. Here's a rundown of everything you need to know about the historic event.



Solar sailing in Japan: 10 questions for LightSail engineer Barbara Plante

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:01:50 -0600

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and LightSail systems engineer Barbara Plante recently traveled to Japan for a solar sailing symposium. Our Q&A with Plante discusses everything from CubeSat attitude control systems to robotic giraffes in Tokyo.



Space, Science, and Technology Take Center Stage

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:01:05 -0600

The Science Line—a non-profit working to bridge the gap between science, technology and fashion by inspiring youth through STEM fashion shows, competitions, educational kits and hands-on workshops—hosted the first STEM Fashion Show in partnership with the Challenger Space Center of Arizona.



Want NASA to pick your space mission proposal? Two winning scientists share some tips

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:00:44 -0600

NASA is currently accepting proposals for its next New Frontiers-class planetary science mission. What does the agency look for in a winning proposal? The two scientists behind the ORISIS-REx and Psyche missions share some tips.



See LightSail at the London Science Museum

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:00:11 -0600

The London Science Museum, one of the world’s leading science centers, has welcomed our citizen-funded spacecraft into its halls.