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A landing site for Philae, but it's not going to be easy

This morning, the European Space Agency announced the selection of a landing site for little Philae on the head of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Although a primary site has been selected, landing Philae successfully is going to be tough, and the mission is now working to manage people's expectations.

Comet C/2013A1 Siding Spring and Galaxy NGC 6744

Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring and the galaxy NGC 6744. Click to embiggen.Image is a SUMMED stack of 9 x 60 second images taken with iTelescope T12.Image significantly affected byMoon light, but still not bad.

Comet C/2013 A1 12 September 2014

C/2013 A1 on 12 September 10:12 pm ACST. Image is a MEDIAN stack of 5x60 second luminance exposures taken with iTelescope T9, with light contrast enhancement. Click to embiggen. C/2013 A1 on 12 September 10:12 pm ACST. Image is a SUMMED stack of 5x60 second luminance exposures taken with iTelescope T9, with light contrast enhancement. Show More Summary

Curiosity update, sols 727-747: Beginning the "Mission to Mount Sharp"

A lot has happened behind the scenes on the Curiosity mission in the last few weeks. The mission received a pretty negative review from a panel convened to assess the relative quality of seven different proposed extended planetary science missions. Then, just a week later, the mission announced big news: they have arrived at Mount Sharp.

An Updated List of NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Milestones

Ahead of NASA's CCiCap partner selection, here is an up-to-date list of each company's milestones.

Cortana, please protect me

Recent hacks and security breaches keep pressing home the need for everyone to be more vigilant about personal security, but could we use our own devices to help us do that? Read more about Cortana, please protect me

Walmart not buying into Apple Pay

In a statement yesterday Walmart said they have no plans to join Apple Pay. Read more about Walmart not buying into Apple Pay

OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Passes First Major Qualification Test

The development of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues to make great progress having recently completed static load testing.

Saturn, Mars and Antares, 12 September 2014

Zubenelgenubi, Saturn, the middle star of the Scorpions head (Dschubba), Mars and Antares all line up in this image of the Constellation of Scorpios. Click to embiggen.Stack of 10 x 15 second exposures with my Canon IXUS (ASA 400).During the week Mars will come closer to Dschubba. The dark rifts of the Milky way show up nicely for a light polluted suburb.

New Rosetta views and first science on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko from EPSC

At the European Planetary Science Congress held this week in Portugal, the Rosetta team showcased some early science results from Rosetta's mission to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Recovery. Peak. Collapse. Planetary Science from 1990 - 2014

The history of planetary exploration repeats itself starting with a resurgent program in the 90s and 2000s that launched a new fleet of planetary spacecraft. Like our first story, this great success rewarded by deep budget cuts.

Expedition 40 Crew Returns Safely to Earth

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are safely back on Earth following a five-and-a-half month stay aboard the International Space Station.

Aurora Watch Friday 12 September, 2014

A double impact is expected from a glancing blow from a Coronal Mass Ejection from an M class flare, and a nearly full on impact from a CME from an X class flare during this coming Friday.The Australian IPS has released an aurora watch for Friday (12 September) to early Saturday (13 September). Show More Summary

Why there is no such thing as security

Is it even possible to be completely secure in this highly-interconnected digital world? I don’t think so. Read more about Why there is no such thing as security

Apple Sets New Mobile Cadence

Apple’s influence on the market may be waning but they still capture the attention of the market when they announce new products. Read more about Apple Sets New Mobile Cadence

Comet C/2013 V5 Oukaimeden in September 2014

Morning sky facing east showing the path of comet C/2013 V5 (and C/2012 K1) as seen from Adelaide at astronomical twilight from 10-20 September. Printable B & W map. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in the southern hemisphere at the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch September, 2014 edition is now out!

The Moon looking north-west at 7:00 pm ACST in Adelaide on 26 September. Mercury Spica and the Moon form a triangle in the Sky, while comet C/2013 V5 rises above them (dimly). Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time.The September edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. Show More Summary

RFD-TV inks new deal with AT&T

The somewhat quirky RFD-TV network has signed a new deal with AT&T expanding the farming- and country-oriented network to 46 million homes. Read more about RFD-TV inks new deal with AT&T

Planetary Science Gets Its Day in Congress

Watch Planetary Society President Jim Bell testify before a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday, September 10th.

A bigger iPhone, an Apple Watch and a new way to pay for burgers

Apple’s big event is just wrapping up and the big news was two new iPhones, a new Apple Watch and near-field payment capabilities. Read more about A bigger iPhone, an Apple Watch and a new way to pay for burgers

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