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Curiosity update, sols 748-763: Driving and Drilling at Pahrump Hills

The biggest news on Curiosity of late is that the rover has drilled her fourth full drill hole on Mars! Drilling happened at a site called "Confidence Hills" on sol 759. But before she did that, she took a long series of amazing photos of rock formations at Jubilee Pass, Panamint Butte, and Upheaval Dome.

More LightSail Day-in-the-Life Multimedia, and a Community Image Processing Challenge

We have more multimedia from LightSail's day-in-the-life test, as well as a request for some community image processing help.

Planetary Society President Testifies Before Congress

Society President Dr. Jim Bell provided expert testimony at a September hearing on the state (and fate) of planetary science.

Brief mission update: Hayabusa 2 has a launch date!

JAXA announced the launch date for their Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return mission today: November 30 at 13:24:48 Japan standard time (04:24:48 UT / November 29 at 20:24:48 PST)

The Sky This Week - Thursday October 2 to Thursday October 9

22 hours agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

The Full Moon is Wednesday October 8, there is a total Lunar Eclipse at this time. Mercury is still easily visible. Mars climbs the body of the Scorpion. Saturn is low in the evening sky. Jupiter becomes more prominent in the morning sky. Show More Summary

Special Episode: Live from DragonCon 2014!

Live from DragonCon 2014! Fraser and Pamela are joined by Les Johnson, Scott Edgington, Erin MacDonald, Roy Kilgard, and Fraser bombards all of these wonderful scientists with the hardest, most complicated questions he can come up w...

Mars Orbiter Mission delivers on promise of global views of Mars

Ever since I first learned about the capabilities of Mars Orbiter Mission's small payload of science instruments, I have been anticipating one type of data in particular: global color views of Mars captured in a single 2000-pixel-square frame. Just days after entering orbit, Mars Orbiter Mission has delivered on that promise.

Peter Weller Recalls RoboCop and Buckaroo Banzai

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The Last of the Clone Wars

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How the Star Wars Empire Was Built

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Walking Dead Still Bigger Than Football

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Gotham #1 in DVR

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Radiohead Release New Album Through BitTorrent

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Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane Talk Shop

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Dawn Journal: 7 Years of Interplanetary Travel

Marc Rayman gives us an update on the Dawn mission, heading to Ceres, on the 7th anniversary of its launch.

Is E-Mail Dead?

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Using Lasers to Lock Down Exoplanet Hunting

The Planetary Society is launching a new collaboration with Yale exoplanet hunter Debra Fischer and her team, the Exoplanets Laser project. We will support the purchase of an advanced, ultra stable laser to be used in a complex system they are designing to push radial velocity exoplanet hunting to a whole whole new level.

In Pictures: A Busy Week at the International Space Station

This week, the International Space Station received a new crew and a welcomed a SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle. Here are a few photo highlights.

Philae's landing day announced as Rosetta swings to comet's dark side

ESA announced today that Philae will be landing on November 12, 2014. What time the landing occurs depends on which landing site they use. If they go to the prime landing site, "site J," Earth should receive word of the successful landing at 16:00 UTC (08:00 PST). If they go to the backup site, "site C," news will reach Earth at about 17:30 UTC (09:30 PST). Mark your calendars!

Field Report from Mars: Sol 3790

After a stand-down of activities to reformat its flash memory, Opportunity has re-commenced the long climb up this high and steep segment of the Endeavour crater rim.

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