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Beresheet Has Entered Lunar Orbit!

Jason Davis • April 04, 2019

SpaceIL's Beresheet Moon lander successfully entered lunar orbit today after a 6-minute engine burn that began at 14:18 UTC / 10:18 EDT.

Not a Heart of Ice

Mark Marley • April 02, 2019 • 1

Mark Marley explains what planetary scientists mean when they say the word "ice."

First Science Results from Hayabusa2 Mission

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2019 • 2

The Hayabusa2 team held a press briefing last week at LPSC to report newly published results on asteroid Ryugu.

What to Expect When Hayabusa2 Blows a Hole in Asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • April 01, 2019 • 1

The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will deploy its Small Carry-on Impactor experiment, SCI, on 5 April.

Beresheet Gears up for Lunar Rendezvous

Jason Davis • March 28, 2019

The Israeli spacecraft is set to enter lunar orbit on 4 April at 17:57 UTC (13:57 EDT).

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Lesser-Known Luminaries

Adam Block • March 22, 2019

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his latest images highlighting some hidden gems.

OSIRIS-REx sees Bennu spewing stuff into space

Jason Davis • March 19, 2019 • 1

The asteroid's rotation rate is also increasing, and scientists continue refining the plan to collect a regolith sample next year.

The March Equinox Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2019 • 5

I’m very pleased to announce the publication of the March Equinox issue of The Planetary Report: “Inside the Ice Giants.” The print issue shipped to members yesterday!

Where We Are

The Planetary Report • March 2019

Emily Lakdawalla takes us on a tour of the spacecraft currently exploring from within our solar system. All planets and spacecraft locations are shown at their location for April 1st, 2019.

The Skies of Mini-Neptunes

The Planetary Report • March 2019

A GREAT QUEST is underway to discover Earthsize worlds in their stars’ habitable zones. Along the way, astronomers have been surprised to learn that the most typical size of planet in our galaxy is one with no counterpart in our own solar system.

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