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Favorite Astro Plots: The Pyroxene Quadrilateral

Melissa Lane • June 15, 2018

Petrology is a field of science in which scientists study the compositions of rocks and minerals and interpret their geologic history. A common graph petrologists use is the “pyroxene quadrilateral.” These graphs, like photos of space, can reveal an understanding of the remotest parts of the solar system.

Chinese satellite snags new views of Earth from lunar orbit

Jason Davis • June 14, 2018 • 1

See the world through the eyes of Longjiang-2.

Hayabusa2: Ryugu takes shape

Emily Lakdawalla • June 14, 2018

Hayabusa2 is now less than 1000 kilometers away from Ryugu, and the tiny asteroid is beginning to betray its shape.

Get ready for OSIRIS-REx at Bennu! ...but be patient.

Emily Lakdawalla • June 12, 2018 • 1

NASA's OSIRIS-REx will get the first sight of its target Bennu in August and go into orbit in December.

Meet MMX, Japan's sample return mission to Phobos

Jason Davis • June 11, 2018 • 5

NASA is providing an instrument for the mission, which will try to uncover the origins of Phobos and Deimos.

Reaching Higher for Space

Bill Nye • June 08, 2018 • 2

We humans have always looked to the night sky and pondered our place in the cosmos.

Hayabusa2's Approach phase has begun with a new photo of Ryugu!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 07, 2018 • 1

On June 3, Hayabusa2 ended use of its ion engines, for now, and is coasting the remaining distance toward Ryugu. It's using an optical navigation camera to image the asteroid's position against a field of background stars to help it navigate.

A Planetary Vacuum Successfully Takes a Rocket Ride

Bruce Betts • June 07, 2018

Rocket science met planetary science in the California desert when PlanetVac, a new planetary surface sampling technique, was successfully tested on a Xodiac rocket.

NASA is beloved—the Moon not so much

Casey Dreier • June 06, 2018 • 1

A new poll shows broad support for space exploration in the United States. But sending astronauts to the Moon ranks as the lowest priority among the public.

Big news from the magnetosphere

Geoffrey Reeves • June 05, 2018

At five years and counting, the Van Allen Probes mission continues to reshape our thinking about how Earth’s radiation belts flex and reconfigure under the influence of solar storms.

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