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Archived Since:March 16, 2008

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Join me on "Virtually Speaking Science" August 6

On Wednesday's "Virtually Speaking Science" podcast, The Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla and Space.com contributor Rod Pyle look back at the first two years of the Curiosity Rover’s mission on Mars, and look ahead to the future of Mars exploration. NBC News science editor Alan Boyle is the host for the show, which airs at 5pm Pacific / midnight UTC.

Today's the day Rosetta arrives at a comet!

In less than a day, Rosetta will officially arrive, becoming the first spacecraft ever to orbit a comet! Watch an ESA Livestream of the arrival, and check out the latest photos.

Buzz Mercury's North Polar Region in This New MESSENGER Video

A new video shows what a traveler aboard Mercury's MESSENGER spacecraft would see as they zipped over the planet's north polar region.

Watch Bill Nye and Special Guests in The Lure of Europa

We've posted the full video of our Washington, D.C. event exploring the lure of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 3737 – July 30, 2014

Larry Crumpler updates us on the Opportunity rover, which now holds the distance record for a rover on another planet and is about to climb up its highest crater rim segment yet.

A new angle on Churyumov-Gerasimenko brings circular features into focus

It's just two days now until Rosetta arrives in its initial 100-kilometer "orbit" of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and the latest view from Rosetta's NavCam is fascinating. Circular features on the comet remind me of Tempel 1 as seen by Deep Impact and Stardust.

The Planetary Report: Summer Solstice Edition

Summer’s edition of The Planetary Report is on its way to your mailbox!

New Rosetta NavCam view shows comet's craggy shape

A shift in position has brought shadows into view from Rosetta, outlining scarps and ridges on Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Dawn Journal: Not-So-Quiet Cruise

Dawn's Mission Director updates us on the status of the mission, and tells us what Dawn and Star Wars have in common.

Watch "Lunar Bridgehead," a Wonderfully Campy 1964 Film about Ranger 7

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released a 1964 documentary on Ranger 7 in honor of the spacecraft's fiftieth anniversary.

New Rosetta view of the comet - and a comparison to other comets

Rosetta's view of the comet is getting better and better. Today they released a new image from the high-resolution OSIRIS camera, and it's a very fresh one, taken only two days ago. Distinct features are coming into view. And it's finally detailed enough for me to compare it to the five other comets we've visited in the past.

NASA Selects 7 Science Instruments for its Next Mars Rover

Seven science instruments will help the Mars 2020 rover identify biosignatures and understand the history of the rocks it encounters on the surface of the red planet.

Planetary Society Selected as Mars 2020 Camera Partner

The Planetary Society has been selected as an education outreach partner on the just selected NASA Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z instrument, led by Jim Bell, Planetary Society president and Arizona State professor.

NASA Announces the Suite of Science Instruments on its Next Mars Rover Today

Today marks the unveiling of the suite of science instruments that will travel to Mars to look for signs of past life and help determine samples to store for possible return to Earth. The next rover mission will launch in 2020.

8th Mars Report: Martian habitability

Valerie Fox reports from the 8th International Conference on Mars on the habitability of the Red Planet.

NASA's Budget Stalls Out

Congress has all but given up its goal of passing a budget before the end of this fiscal year in September. Instead, we will likely see a temporary extension through the elections in November.

8th Mars Report: Was Ancient Mars Warm and Wet or Cold and Icy?

One of the hot topics of the 8th International Conference on Mars was the nature of Mars' ancient past. Abigail Fraeman reports on our updated view of whether Mars was ever warm and wet.

Rosetta update: Long journey to a comet nearly complete

A journey of nearly a decade is almost over. Rosetta is making its final approach to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and the comet's strange shape is beginning to come into focus. As of today, the spacecraft is only 2000 kilometers away from the comet, and 8 days away from arrival.

Landsat 8 Looks at the Supermoon

Why did Landsat 8, an Earth-observing spacecraft, turn its unblinking eyes toward the July 12 supermoon?

Dark mountain on Vesta: Aricia Tholus

Newly processed images of one of the more puzzling features on the surface of Vesta: a dark mountain named Aricia Tholus.

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