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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Nears End of Marathon Valley Tour, Team Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Viking

A.J.S. Rayl • August 03, 2016 • 1

Despite the intensifying rancor and ugliness of the U.S. Presidential campaigns on Earth, as the spring Sun shined down on Meridiani Planum in July, all was right with the world at Endeavour Crater.

On A Mission to Explore! Choosing A Theme for Our Membership Experience

Mark Hilverda • August 02, 2016

Selecting a theme for our reinvented membership experience involved hundreds of people from staff to members. Here's the process that created the names for the new membership levels.

Hubble Series 1: How to Find Hubble Data

Judy Schmidt • August 02, 2016

Processing Hubble data presents a host of challenges, and the first of these has nothing to do with processing at all.

‘Apollo on steroids’: The rise and fall of NASA’s Constellation moon program

Jason Davis • August 01, 2016 • 18

In part 2 of our series on the evolution of NASA's Journey to Mars, Michael Griffin gives the Constellation moon program a new look in an attempt to shorten America's International Space Station access gap after the space shuttles retire. But by 2009, the program is behind schedule and over budget.

Dawn Journal: Staying at Ceres

Marc Rayman • July 30, 2016 • 9

The official end of Dawn's prime mission was June 30, but the valiant adventurer began its "extended mission" of performing more Ceres observations without missing a beat.

What's up in the solar system, August 2016 edition: Juno to get Jupiter close-ups, Rosetta descending, road-tripping rovers

Emily Lakdawalla • July 29, 2016 • 5

This month we'll finally see JunoCam's first high-resolution images of Jupiter. We'll also see OSIRIS-REx making progress toward its September 8 launch. Both rovers are road-tripping at Mars, while ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed a major mid-course correction ahead of its October arrival.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 4410 - June 20, 2016

Larry Crumpler • July 28, 2016 • 1

Opportunity is finishing up its activities in Marathon Valley, getting ready to hit the road again.

Summer 2016 issue of The Planetary Report

Donna Stevens • July 27, 2016

The Summer 2016 issue of The Planetary Report is in the mail! Planetary Society members who want a head start on reading can access the electronic version.

MAVEN Status and Extended-Mission Planning

Bruce Jakosky • July 27, 2016 • 1

The MAVEN mission to Mars was just approved for a two-year extended mission that runs through September 2018. Now is a good time to take stock of we've learned so far and to describe the plans for the extended mission.

Rosetta end-of-mission plans: Landing site, time selected

Emily Lakdawalla • July 26, 2016 • 2

ESA's comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft is nearing the end of its mission. Last week, ESA announced when and where Rosetta is going to touch down. And tomorrow, it will forever shut down the radio system intended for communicating with the silent Philae lander.

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