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Voyager 40th anniversary: Reflecting on the pale blue dot

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2017

Today is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1. Four decades later, both spacecraft survive, still producing science, still working on their interstellar missions. On the occasion of the anniversary, we revisit Carl Sagan's reflections on the significance of the Voyager missions.

Your guide to Jim Bridenstine, the new nominee for NASA administrator

Jason Davis • September 01, 2017 • 8

The White House announced it will nominate Jim Bridenstine to become NASA's next administrator.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Ventures Deeper into Perseverance

A.J.S. Rayl • September 01, 2017

Along the western rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity forged onward in August vicariously taking the Mars Exploration Rovers team – along with a global contingent of mission observers all around Earth – downhill into Perseverance Valley and deeper into a new chapter in this legendary expedition of the Red Planet.

Book Update: The Design and Engineering of Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 01, 2017

Emily Lakdawalla's first book is now available for pre-order.

A future comes into focus for the Mars Exploration Program

Casey Dreier • August 31, 2017 • 2

Casey Dreier says NASA's decision to pursue a Mars sample return mission is good news for Mars fans, Mars scientists and supporters of the decadal survey process.

Voyager 40th anniversary: Revisiting the Voyagers' planetary views

Björn Jónsson • August 30, 2017

Björn Jónsson argues that even now, 40 years after Voyager 1 and 2 were launched, a lot of the data they returned is still of high interest.

NASA considers kicking Mars sample return into high gear

Jason Davis • August 28, 2017 • 8

Thus far, no plan has solidified on how to get soil and rock samples from the upcoming Mars 2020 rover back to Earth. That is starting to change.

Voyager 40th Anniversary: Watching an Alien World Turn

Ian Regan • August 28, 2017 • 1

In 1979, both Voyager missions captured thousands of photos of Jupiter as frames of movies of the giant planet spinning among its moons. In honor of the mission's 40th launch anniversary, Ian Regan has reprocessed the data to produce stunning new movies.

Voyager 40th anniversary: The Planetary Report's chronicles

Emily Lakdawalla • August 25, 2017

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions, we're making publicly available seven back issues of The Planetary Report that chronicled the grand tour of the giant planets.

Chasing the total solar eclipse at 38,000 feet

Tanya Harrison • August 24, 2017 • 1

Where did you venture to view the Great American Eclipse? About 100 people were lucky enough to make the trip of a lifetime for it: 38,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

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