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ISS partners consider ambitious lunar sample return mission

Anatoly Zak • March 29, 2018 • 2

The plan involves NASA's proposed Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, and a return to Earth via the Orion spacecraft.

Thursday Funpost! Excerpts from the new book Rocket Billionaires

Jason Davis • March 29, 2018 • 5

Did you know NASA required SpaceX to carry life insurance for Elon Musk?

#LPSC2018: Collaborative notes from conference sessions

Emily Lakdawalla • March 28, 2018

At last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, I tried a new experiment: collaborating with other attendees to take a shared set of notes.

How the heck did NASA (and science) get such a good 2018 budget?

Jason Davis • March 28, 2018 • 1

Congress outright rejected most of the Trump administration's controversial science cuts.

JWST heads once more unto the breach, dear friends

Casey Dreier • March 27, 2018 • 6

The James Webb Space Telescope will miss its target launch date and cost more money than expected, NASA announced.

#LPSC2018: An Apollo 17 session with moonwalker Jack Schmitt

Megan Kelley • March 27, 2018

The only geoscientist to walk on the Moon attended a conference session presenting results from the rocks he collected.

Tiangong-1: How to follow the space lab's decaying orbit and reentry

Emily Lakdawalla • March 27, 2018

With the space station likely to fall on April Fool's Day, it's important to know whom to follow for reliable information.

#LPSC2018: Mars mass wasting in the laboratory

Jake Robins • March 26, 2018 • 5

Mars today is a dynamic place. One visually dramatic sign of change on Mars is "mass wasting," more commonly known as "stuff falling downhill". Scientists presented the results of recent laboratory work on Mars mass wasting at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

#MoonMon: Io's pretty plumes

Emily Lakdawalla • March 26, 2018

On this Moon Monday, I'm featuring an animation processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, showing Jupiter's volcanic moon Io with its prominent plumes.

NASA wins big in 2018 budget deal

Casey Dreier • March 22, 2018 • 10

With the passage of the 2018 spending bill, NASA just got its best budget since 2009. Europa, Earth Science, and a new Mobile Launcher are winners in the $20.7 billion just approved for the space program.

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