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


Review: 'Discovery' is a bold, new addition to the Star Trek franchise

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:15:21 -0500

In a review of Star Trek: Discovery, Jason Davis says he expected Discovery to be a cross between Enterprise and the new reboot movies. Instead, the show turned out to be something else entirely.

NASA, international partners consider solar sail for Deep Space Gateway

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:08:22 -0500

A Canadian Space Agency proposal would install a solar sail on the outside of the Deep Space Gateway, a miniature space station in lunar orbit.

An honor from The Open University

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:07:16 -0500

Today in London, Emily Lakdawalla was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University by The Open University.

Meet two astronaut candidates who can help NASA do science on other worlds

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:08 -0500

Two of NASA's new astronaut candidates are particularly suited to conduct scientific research on other worlds: Zena Cardman, a geobiologist, and Jessica Watkins, a geologist.

In Appreciation of Kim Poor

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:25:37 -0500

We at The Planetary Society are saddened to hear about the recent passing of veteran space artist Kim Poor.

How did China decide where to land its upcoming Moon missions?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:17:31 -0500

How were the Chang'e 5 and 4 landing sites chosen? Space exploration historian Phil Stooke explains.

OSIRIS-REx Earth flyby: What to Expect

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:31:33 -0500

OSIRIS-REx launched on September 8, 2016. Now, a year later, it's returning to its home to get a second boost on to its destination, the asteroid Bennu. It'll test all its cameras on Earth and the Moon in the 10 days after the flyby.

Cassini: The dying of the light

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:52:56 -0500

Cassini is no more. At 10:31 according to its own clock, its thrusters could no longer hold its radio antenna pointed at Earth, and it turned away. A minute later, it vaporized in Saturn’s atmosphere. Its atoms are part of Saturn now.

Curiosity update, sols 1726-1813: Surveying Vera Rubin Ridge from below

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:07:05 -0500

Curiosity had a productive three months driving along the front of Vera Rubin Ridge, gathering photos and data with its arm instruments, finally driving up on to the ridge on sol 1809.

And then there was one

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 06:00:06 -0500

The end of the Cassini mission is a harbinger for a looming gap in outer planets exploration missions.