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Spaceflight in 2017, part 1: Earth-centric edition

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/29 06:04 CST | 21 comments

Our preview of spaceflight in 2017 starts with highlights of missions and events happening on and around our home planet.

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On Cosmic Discovery and Human Significance

Posted by Jake Rosenthal on 2016/12/28 10:04 CST | 11 comments

Jake Rosenthal takes us on a tour of the history of discovery of our place in the cosmos.

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China outlines its space exploration ambitions

Posted by Andrew Jones on 2016/12/27 02:04 CST | 1 comment

China released a new white paper on its policy and activities in space, outlining ambitious deep space exploration, human spaceflight and space science projects as major priorities for the years up to 2020 and beyond.

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GOES-R: What’s Next?

Posted by Heather Hunter on 2016/12/23 05:30 CST | 1 comment

After a series of maneuvers in-orbit, GOES-R—now known as GOES-16—has reached its designated location in space. What happens next?

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Review: ‘Rogue One’ is Star Wars comfort food

Posted by Jason Davis on 2016/12/22 06:02 CST | 6 comments

In a review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Davis says you're more likely to enjoy the film if you embrace it as comfort food—a story line that fits into a larger sequence of Star Wars events you already know.

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Winter Solstice: A look at the solar system's north poles

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2016/12/21 07:00 CST | 2 comments

Today is the solstice, the longest winter night at Earth's north pole, the longest day of summer in the south. To give a little light to northerners in darkness today, please enjoy this gallery of images of (mostly) sunlit north poles across our solar system.

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Field Report from Mars: Sol 4588 - December 20, 2016

Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2016/12/20 08:25 CST

Opportunity continues to climb up the inner crater wall of Endeavour crater, heading south on its journey toward its next valley target.

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Planetary discovery over the past quarter century

Posted by Steven Hauck on 2016/12/20 10:01 CST

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of what has become one of the primary venues for the publication of research in planetary science: the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. This occasion is a good opportunity to look back at what we have learned in this era of expanded exploration and to try to take a peek at the future.

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Connecting with Carl Sagan at the Library of Congress

Posted by Mark Hilverda on 2016/12/20 09:01 CST | 1 comment

Whether you explore The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive online or at the Library of Congress during a visit to Washington, D.C., you’ll learn something new and have a deeper understanding of Carl Sagan.

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These are not my Martians

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2016/12/19 11:13 CST | 20 comments

Mat Kaplan explains his beef with the National Geographic Mars documentary-drama series.

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