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Planetary Society-funded telescopes help find ring around Haumea, a distant dwarf planet

Jason Davis • October 11, 2017 • 2

Haumea has a ring! Two telescopes used in the discovery—one in Slovenia, and one in Italy—received funding from The Planetary Society's Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) Grant program, which helps amateur astronomers find, track and characterize near-Earth asteroids.

We choose to go to the Moon and do the other things

Casey Dreier and Jason Davis • October 05, 2017 • 7

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the National Space Council's first meeting today by declaring Americans will return to the Moon. Casey Dreier and Jason Davis analyze this new direction for NASA's human spaceflight program.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk updates Mars colonization plans

Jason Davis • September 29, 2017 • 10

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented an updated version of his Mars colonization plans today, during a widely anticipated talk at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

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

Jason Davis • September 25, 2017 • 3

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.

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

Jason Davis • September 21, 2017

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.

And then there was one

Jason Davis • September 11, 2017 • 1

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

Your guide to Jim Bridenstine, the new nominee for NASA administrator

Jason Davis • September 01, 2017 • 8

The White House announced it will nominate Jim Bridenstine to become NASA's next administrator.

NASA considers kicking Mars sample return into high gear

Jason Davis • August 28, 2017 • 8

Thus far, no plan has solidified on how to get soil and rock samples from the upcoming Mars 2020 rover back to Earth. That is starting to change.

A good time for solar sailing: LightSail 2 finds itself among friends

Jason Davis • August 23, 2017

Is the quest for flight by light approaching a tipping point? Representatives from the NEA Scout, CubeSail and StarChip missions discuss how their spacecraft are advancing the art of solar sailing.

Function over form: NASA's Space Launch System gets a new paint job

Jason Davis • August 11, 2017

Last week, NASA revealed an updated design for the Space Launch System, featuring black-and-white checkerboards streaking down each of the vehicle's solid rocket boosters.

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