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Farside Landing and Nearside Sample Return

Long Xiao • September 18, 2018

Long Xiao previews two ambitious Chinese lunar missions, one of which will make the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon.

Chandrayaan-2

Sriram Bhiravarasu • September 18, 2018

Sriram Bhiravarasu anticipates India’s 2019 lunar venture with an orbiter, lander, and rover.

Feast your eyes on comet 67P's surface, with depth cues added

Mattias Malmer • September 14, 2018 • 3

Mattias Malmer made it a little easier to figure out what Philae really saw in 2014.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: NASA Focuses on Recovering Opportunity as Storm Diminishes and Dust Settles

A.J.S. Rayl • September 09, 2018 • 1

The dust raising power of the storms that wrapped Mars in a cloud in June and July diminished in August. Meanwhile, on Earth, the Opportunity team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reviewed recovery plans, conducted additional simulations, and began wrapping the month with newfound reasons to believe Opportunity can emerge from her hibernation.

Dawn Journal: A Bit of Perspective

Marc Rayman • September 05, 2018 • 10

Like its human colleagues, Dawn started out on Earth, but now its permanent residence in the solar system, Ceres, is far, far away. Let's bring this cosmic landscape into perspective.

Dawn Journal: Denouement

Marc Rayman • September 04, 2018 • 7

A fantastic story of adventure, exploration and discovery is reaching its denouement. In the final phase of its long and productive deep-space mission, Dawn is operating flawlessly in orbit around dwarf planet Ceres.

China's mission to the far side of the Moon will launch in December

Andrew Jones • August 16, 2018

The Chang'e-4 spacecraft will make use of a newly launched relay satellite to stay in touch with Earth.

The Venus controversy

Adeene Denton • August 14, 2018 • 9

A lack of new missions keeps scientists guessing on what shaped the planet’s surface.

Mastcam-Z Team Blog: A Special Team Photomosaic

Darian Dixon • August 06, 2018 • 1

Mastcam-Z will help the Mars 2020 rover explore the surface of Mars. Dozens of amazing scientists and engineers from across the globe contribute to the development of Mastcam-Z. This year, the team photo was taken with our very own Mastcam-Z testbed unit.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Dust Storm Wanes, Opportunity Sleeps, Team Prepares Recovery Strategy

A.J.S. Rayl • August 01, 2018 • 5

As Opportunity slept in Perseverance Valley under the thick cloud of dust that has blanketed the Red Planet for the last six weeks, scientists who are studying the monster storm that forced the robot field geologist into its hibernation mode are now reporting the tempest has peaked.

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