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An enigmatic line across Pluto: Plutonian canali!?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2015/06/09 07:03 CDT | 17 comments

Pluto and Charon are growing larger in New Horizons' forward view, beginning to develop distinct personalities. A version of recent New Horizons photos processed by Björn Jónsson reveals an enigmatic dark line. Our maps of Pluto's surface are now as good as our maps of Mars and Venus, circa 1900!

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LightSail Test Mission Declared Success; First Image Complete

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/09 01:15 CDT | 22 comments

The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission successfully completed its primary objective of deploying a solar sail in low-Earth orbit.

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Sails in Space: Partial Photo, Video and Light Curve (Updated)

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/08 11:00 CDT | 7 comments

It’s official: The sails are out. This afternoon, LightSail mission controllers downlinked a partial image of the spacecraft’s solar sails in space.

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New HQ Coming Together

Posted by Jennifer Vaughn on 2015/06/08 04:50 CDT | 1 comment

Our new Planetary Society headquarters building is on track to be ready for us by mid-July. The building, which once was a bank, is being converted into a contemporary office space customized for the unique needs of The Planetary Society.

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Deployment! LightSail Boom Motor Whirrs to Life

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/07 04:20 CDT | 16 comments

LightSail's tiny solar sail deployment motor sprung to life Sunday afternoon, marking an important milestone for The Planetary Society’s nail-biting test mission.

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LightSail Drama Continues as Spacecraft Wakes for Second Time

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/06 04:45 CDT | 6 comments

LightSail is back in business, following the second extended outage of the test spacecraft’s mission. The CubeSat checked in at 2:21 p.m. EDT Saturday.

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The Planetary Society at Earth Day NYC

Posted by Kate Howells on 2015/06/05 12:10 CDT

Volunteer Network Coordinator Kate Howells reports on our first time participating in New York City's enormous Earth Day celebration.

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Using Cardboard to Tour Mars

Posted by Scott Maxwell on 2015/06/04 05:47 CDT | 4 comments

Former Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell uses Google Cardboard to take a tour of the Red Planet.

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LightSail Falls Silent; Battery Glitch Suspected

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/04 05:45 CDT | 10 comments

The LightSail test spacecraft fell silent for a second time, less than a day after completing what appeared to be a successful solar panel deployment.

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LightSail Solar Panel Deployment: No Pics, but Data Look Good

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/06/03 05:55 CDT | 1 comment

LightSail didn’t send home pretty pictures of Earth today, but it did relay promising signs that its deployable solar panels swung successfully out into space.

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