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Go for GOLD, SES-14!

Heather Hunter • February 22, 2018

While we can measure properties of these upper layers using ground-based instruments, satellite-borne remote sensing instruments can give us a more frequent, global, and often higher spatial resolution perspective. And that is precisely what NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission will deliver.

Curiosity update, sols 1927-1971: Ready to resume drilling

Emily Lakdawalla • February 21, 2018 • 2

After a hiatus of nearly 500 sols, Curiosity is ready to attempt drilling into a Mars rock again.

Goodbye, ISS. Hello, private space stations?

Jason Davis • February 20, 2018 • 3

The International Space Station may go away in 2025. Will private space stations be ready to fill the gap?

Opportunity's sol 5000 self-portrait

Emily Lakdawalla • February 20, 2018

Last week the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity celebrated its 5000th sol on Mars, and it celebrated by taking the first complete Mars Exploration Rover self-portrait.

An Interplanetary Mateship: The Planetary Society Continues our Australian Initiative

Casey Dreier • February 19, 2018 • 1

Thanks to recent investments by our members in The Planetary Society’s Space Policy & Advocacy program, we now have the resources to institute a strategic effort to support the exploration of space in an international context.

Ten times the solar system reminded us sample collection is hard

Emily Lakdawalla • February 19, 2018 • 2

Some of the biggest discoveries we make in planetary science rely on the seemingly simple act of picking up and analyzing pieces of other worlds. When things go awry, scientists and engineers can sometimes squeeze amazing science out of a tough situation.

Simulating Mars in the Middle East

Jason Davis • February 15, 2018 • 1

The Austrian Space Forum is leading a four-week Mars mission in Oman's Dhofar Desert.

Maintaining the health of an aging Mars orbiter

Emily Lakdawalla • February 14, 2018 • 2

NASA has announced changes to how engineers are operating Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in order to prolong its life as long as possible, long enough to support the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Here are some takeaways from today's NASA budget proposal

Jason Davis • February 12, 2018 • 3

The White House's budget proposes $19.9 billion for NASA.

How the Falcon Heavy could revolutionize exploration of the ocean worlds

Casey Dreier • February 08, 2018 • 8

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is not just for big payloads, it can also throw light things into space very fast. And that has significant implications for the exploration of distant destinations in our outer solar system—particularly the ocean moons of the giant planets.

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