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Radar in Earth and Planetary Science: An Intro

Heather Hunter • February 24, 2017 • 1

Heather Hunter explains how radar works and what it's used for on Earth and beyond.

Wonderful potentially habitable worlds around TRAPPIST-1

Franck Marchis • February 22, 2017 • 14

Scientists have found seven, Earth-size planets orbiting a star just 40 light years away. Three lie in the habitable zone and could have water on their surfaces.

NASA's audacious Europa missions are getting closer to reality

Jason Davis • February 21, 2017 • 10

Today, NASA announced progress on a spacecraft that would assess whether Jupiter's Moon Europa is habitable, and earlier this month, an agency-sponsored science team released a report on a separate lander mission that would directly search for signs of life.

Did Voyager 1 capture an image of Enceladus' plumes erupting?

Ted Stryk • February 21, 2017 • 4

Amateur image processor Ted Stryk revisited Voyager 1 data of Enceladus and came across a surprise.

Finding spacecraft impacts on the Moon

Phil Stooke • February 20, 2017 • 2

Over nearly 60 years of spacecraft exploration of the Moon, lots of spacecraft have crashed on the lunar surface—some accidental, some intentional. Phil Stooke hunts for their impact sites.

Everything you need to know about tomorrow's historic SpaceX launch

Jason Davis • February 17, 2017 • 3

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from a former space shuttle launch pad tomorrow morning. Here's a rundown of everything you need to know about the historic event.

Solar sailing in Japan: 10 questions for LightSail engineer Barbara Plante

Jason Davis • February 13, 2017 • 1

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and LightSail systems engineer Barbara Plante recently traveled to Japan for a solar sailing symposium. Our Q&A with Plante discusses everything from CubeSat attitude control systems to robotic giraffes in Tokyo.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4639 - February 10, 2017

Larry Crumpler • February 10, 2017

Opportunity has successfully clawed its way to within a few meters of the crater rim after spending the last few months climbing and the last two years inside the crater.

Space, Science, and Technology Take Center Stage

Sara Jennings and Hannah Kerner • February 10, 2017

The Science Line—a non-profit working to bridge the gap between science, technology and fashion by inspiring youth through STEM fashion shows, competitions, educational kits and hands-on workshops—hosted the first STEM Fashion Show in partnership with the Challenger Space Center of Arizona.

Want NASA to pick your space mission proposal? Two winning scientists share some tips

Jason Davis • February 09, 2017 • 2

NASA is currently accepting proposals for its next New Frontiers-class planetary science mission. What does the agency look for in a winning proposal? The two scientists behind the ORISIS-REx and Psyche missions share some tips.

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