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You’ve met Saturn’s ravioli-shaped moon, Pan. Now learn how it was discovered

Posted by Mark Showalter on 2017/03/13 01:22 CDT | 2 comments

Planetary astronomer Mark Showalter tells the story of when he became the first human to ever set eyes on Saturn's strange moon Pan in 1990.

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Field Report from Mars: Sol 4662 - March 6, 2017

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2017/03/11 04:02 CST | 1 comment

For nearly two years, Opportunity's world has been tilted 10–25 degrees as it drove down to the lower slopes of the wall of Endeavour Crater. Toward the end of last week, Opportunity pulled itself up and over the lip of the crater.

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Cassini, with only a half-year to go at Saturn, just keeps dropping awesome images

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/09 11:38 CST | 7 comments

Our latest roundup of Cassini goodies from Saturn includes Pan, a ravioli-shaped moon that orbits inside the planet's ring system.

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NASA, ISS partners quietly completing design of possible Moon-orbiting space station

Posted by Anatoly Zak on 2017/03/09 06:00 CST | 11 comments

Could NASA and its international partners construct a space station in orbit around the Moon? Possible designs are being finalized, but the Trump administration has yet to weigh in on the agency's human spaceflight program.

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This company launches balloons to the edge of space. Will the business float?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/08 06:00 CST

World View, a self-described “stratospheric exploration” company, recently unveiled its new headquarters in Tucson, Arizona.

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MAVEN dodges Phobos, with (maybe) a little help from Curiosity

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2017/03/06 06:00 CST | 2 comments

This week MAVEN had to execute a short rocket burn in order to prevent a future collision with Phobos. Curiosity (and other rovers) may have played a role in those trajectory predictions.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Reaches Top of Endeavour Rim, Wraps Cape Tribulation

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2017/03/03 07:54 CST | 5 comments

Driving the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) mission further into its fourteenth year of surface operations, Opportunity continued hiking the slopes of Cape Tribulation in February and finally reached the crest of Endeavour Crater’s western rim.

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SpaceX plans to send tourists around the Moon in 2018. Here's why that may not happen

Posted by Jason Davis on 2017/03/03 06:00 CST | 21 comments

Two private citizens are paying SpaceX for a 2018 flight around the Moon. Is that timeline realistic?

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Dawn Journal: Intricate Maneuvers

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2017/03/02 09:00 CST | 2 comments

The Dawn mission is executing an ambitious bonus goal recently devised for its extended mission. Mission Manager and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman brings us his monthly update.

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Citizen scientist spots changes on Rosetta's comet

Posted by Marco Parigi on 2017/02/27 06:00 CST | 3 comments

Citizen scientist and self-described "comet whisperer" Marco Parisi explains how he made a striking discovery on Comet 67P using Rosetta mission data.

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