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Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Lesser-Known Luminaries

Adam Block • March 22, 2019

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his latest images highlighting some hidden gems.

OSIRIS-REx sees Bennu spewing stuff into space

Jason Davis • March 19, 2019

The asteroid's rotation rate is also increasing, and scientists continue refining the plan to collect a regolith sample next year.

The March Equinox Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2019

I’m very pleased to announce the publication of the March Equinox issue of The Planetary Report: “Inside the Ice Giants.” The print issue shipped to members yesterday!

Where We Are

The Planetary Report • March 2019

Emily Lakdawalla introduces an at-a-glance spacecraft locator to The Planetary Report.

The Skies of Mini-Neptunes

The Planetary Report • March 2019

A GREAT QUEST is underway to discover Earthsize worlds in their stars’ habitable zones. Along the way, astronomers have been surprised to learn that the most typical size of planet in our galaxy is one with no counterpart in our own solar system.

A Kepler Orrery

The Planetary Report • March 2019

As of mission end on 30 October 2018, Kepler had detected 1,815 planets or planet candidates in multi-planet systems. All 726 such systems are drawn here.

The Realm of the Ice Giants

The Planetary Report • March 2019

Imagine 2 icy worlds far from the Sun. Their serene, blue atmospheres. Huge, ominous-looking storms. Tantalizing glimpses of moons with exotic, icy terrains. Delicate sets of encircling rings.

Amidst Cuts to NASA, Mars Sample Return May Finally Happen

Casey Dreier • March 11, 2019 • 5

The President's Budget Request for NASA in 2020 would start a Mars Sample Return mission and ramp up efforts to send humans to the Moon. But it would still kick off the first year of a new decade with a half-billion dollar cut to the space agency.

The subtle color difference between Uranus and Neptune

Björn Jónsson • March 11, 2019 • 2

The color of Uranus and Neptune is similar, but not identical. Uranus appears greener and Neptune bluer.

Crew Dragon Returns to Earth

Jason Davis • March 08, 2019 • 2

The spacecraft completed a successful test flight with splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean on 8 March 2019 at 08:45 EST (13:45 UTC).

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