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Planetary Exploration Timelines: A Look Ahead to 2016

How many planetary exploration missions are there, and where are they? These days, it's hard to keep track, because there are so many. I plan to begin the new year by taking stock of active missions, figuring out what each has set out to do and accomplished so far, but first I want to step back to consider the spread of missions across the solar system as a whole.

Preview: 2016 aboard the International Space Station

A look ahead to see what's in store for the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard humanity's orbital outpost.

Two epic photos of Earth -- but which one is truer?

Two images of Earth taken from different spacecraft at the same time illustrate differences in "true" color imaging among spacecraft.

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander travel safely to Baikonur

Europe's second mission to Mars has begun its journey from its birthplace in Cannes to its planned arrival at Mars on October 19. Since December 17 we've been able to watch every step of its journey via Twitter.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Distant Galaxies

Astrophotographer Adam Block shares stunning his images of far-away spiral galaxies.

InSight's Problems: Possible Impacts

Van Kane details the potential repercussions of the launch delay of InSight Mars lander on the rest of NASA's Discovery mission program.

For the first time ever, a Curiosity Mastcam self-portrait from Mars

In a remarkable and wholly unexpected gift to Curiosity fans, the rover has just taken the first-ever color Mastcam self-portrait from Mars.

NASA's Next Mars Mission Delayed for Two Years

A problem with the French space agency's seismometer instrument will delay NASA's InSight Mars lander by two years.

December solstice: Viewing Earth's seasonal shifts from space

It's fun to watch the seasons shift from space, and as of this year we have new ways to do that.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Returns to Flight, Sticks Landing at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX returned its Falcon 9 rocket to flight with flair tonight, successfully deploying 11 communications satellites after returning the rocket's first stage to Cape Canaveral for an upright landing.

Pluto updates from AGU and DPS: Pretty pictures from a confusing world

Pluto is reluctant to give up its secrets. Last week at the American Geophysical Union meeting I attended sessions featuring results from the New Horizons mission, and most of the presentations could be summed up thusly: the data sets are terrific, but there are still a lot of Pluto features that have scientists scratching their heads.

Spacewalkers Unstick Cart ahead of Cargo Ship Arrival

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra successfully completed a spacewalk to free a stuck Mobile Transporter cart outside the International Space Station.

Curiosity stories from AGU: The fortuitous find of a puzzling mineral on Mars, and a gap in Gale's history

Yesterday at the American Geophysical Union meeting, the Curiosity science team announced the discovery of a mineral never before found on Mars. The finding was the result of a fortuitous series of events, but as long as Curiosity's instruments continue to function well, it's the kind of discovery that Curiosity should now be able to repeat.

Rail-riding ISS Cart Jams, Prompting Contingency Spacewalk Plans

A rail-riding cart weighing nearly a metric ton jammed while moving along the International Space Station's exterior yesterday, prompting ground controllers in Houston to prepare for an unscheduled spacewalk.

OSIRIS-REx Completes Mechanical Environmental Testing

The OSIRIS-REx team successfully and safely completed sine vibration (sine vibe) testing on the spacecraft prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The sine vibe tests are designed to verify the system performs as expected after being exposed to flight-like low frequency vibration input.

LightSail Program Wraps Busy Year with Test Readiness Review

On Monday, LightSail engineers and mission managers met at The Planetary Society's Pasadena, California headquarters to prepare for a rigorous suite of spacecraft tests that are expected to begin in January.

Our Global Volunteers: December 2015 Update

As 2015 wraps up, The Planetary Society celebrates yet another year of public outreach.

Worth the wait: First public release of Rosetta science camera images of comet 67P

Finally! It has been a long wait, but so worth it: the Rosetta OSIRIS science camera team has delivered the first pile of data from the rendezvous with comet 67P to ESA's Planetary Science Archive. I have spent a good chunk of the last three days playing with the data, and it's spectacular.

An Extraordinary Budget for NASA in 2016

Congress just released its plan to fund the U.S. government in 2016. Should this legislation pass, NASA stands to receive a stellar $1.3 billion increase over last year, nearly $730 million above the President's request.

New Crew Sets Sail for Space Station

Tim Kopra, Tim Peake and Yuri Malenchenko blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today, kicking off a six-hour journey to the International Space Station.

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