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Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - July 2018

Casey Dreier • August 13, 2018 • 1

The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.

Chandrayaan-2 launch delayed to 3 January 2019

Emily Lakdawalla • August 13, 2018

Chandrayaan-2, expected to launch in October, will now be launching no earlier than 3 January 2019, with its lander and rover touching down in February.

Hayabusa2 descends again, this time to lower than 1000 meters above Ryugu

Emily Lakdawalla • August 10, 2018 • 4

This week Hayabusa2 completed its closest approach yet to asteroid Ryugu. In a successful gravity measurement experiment on August 6, the spacecraft dipped to within 1 kilometer of the asteroid.

Parker Solar Probe preview: 10 hot facts about NASA's cool mission to the Sun

Jason Davis • August 09, 2018 • 1

This weekend, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe spacecraft leaves Earth on a mission to touch the Sun.

It's midterm evaluation time for NASA's planetary program

Casey Dreier • August 08, 2018 • 2

A new report assesses how NASA’s Planetary Science Division has implemented (or not) the top recommendations of the scientific community for the exploration of the solar system.

LightSail 2 updates: Launch date slips, environmental test complete, new video released

Jason Davis • August 08, 2018

LightSail 2's ride to space won't happen until at least November 30, as SpaceX works through a list of other payloads in line to fly first.

Mastcam-Z Team Blog: A Special Team Photomosaic

Darian Dixon • August 06, 2018 • 1

Mastcam-Z will help the Mars 2020 rover explore the surface of Mars. Dozens of amazing scientists and engineers from across the globe contribute to the development of Mastcam-Z. This year, the team photo was taken with our very own Mastcam-Z testbed unit.

A second successful medium-altitude operation for Hayabusa2

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2018

For the second time, JAXA navigators have zoomed their cameras and other instruments in on asteroid Ryugu. The August 1 operation was quicker than the previous one, requiring only 26 hours for the descent, science, and ascent.

NASA names crews and dates for first U.S. commercial missions

Jason Davis • August 03, 2018 • 5

Four NASA astronauts and one commercial employee are expected to launch aboard SpaceX and Boeing-operated vehicles in 2019.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Dust Storm Wanes, Opportunity Sleeps, Team Prepares Recovery Strategy

A.J.S. Rayl • August 01, 2018 • 5

As Opportunity slept in Perseverance Valley under the thick cloud of dust that has blanketed the Red Planet for the last six weeks, scientists who are studying the monster storm that forced the robot field geologist into its hibernation mode are now reporting the tempest has peaked.

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