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Rotatin' Ryugu!

Monday, 6/18/2018, at 2:30 PM
Hayabusa2 continues to approach asteroid Ryugu, revealing the 900-meter-wide world in all its glory.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update Special Report: Opportunity Pummeled by Massive Dust Storm, Hunkers Down to Sleep

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 7:46 PM
Entrenched in the west rim of Endeavour Crater, veteran robot field geologist Opportunity is hunkered down in Perseverance Valley in a kind of hibernation mode.

Dawn Journal: Spiralling Down

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 7:23 PM
Propelled by the perfect combination of xenon ions, hydrazine rocket propellant and adrenaline, Dawn is on the verge of its most ambitious exploits yet.

How China's lunar relay satellite arrived in its final orbit

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 7:00 PM
It took 24 days for Queiqiao to reach an Earth-Moon L2 halo orbit.

NASA's 2019 Budget Takes Shape

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 4:54 PM
The Senate and House have now released details of how they would fund NASA in 2019. Check out the good, bad, and ugly in these proposals and learn what happens next.

Favorite Astro Plots: The Pyroxene Quadrilateral

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 1:12 PM
Petrology is a field of science in which scientists study the compositions of rocks and minerals and interpret their geologic history. A common graph petrologists use is the “pyroxene quadrilateral.” These graphs, like photos of space, can reveal an understanding of the remotest parts of the solar system.

Chinese satellite snags new views of Earth from lunar orbit

Thursday, 6/14/2018, at 6:54 PM
See the world through the eyes of Longjiang-2.

Hayabusa2: Ryugu takes shape

Thursday, 6/14/2018, at 12:23 PM
Hayabusa2 is now less than 1000 kilometers away from Ryugu, and the tiny asteroid is beginning to betray its shape.

Get ready for OSIRIS-REx at Bennu! ...but be patient.

Tuesday, 6/12/2018, at 11:23 AM
NASA's OSIRIS-REx will get the first sight of its target Bennu in August and go into orbit in December.

Meet MMX, Japan's sample return mission to Phobos

Monday, 6/11/2018, at 7:00 AM
NASA is providing an instrument for the mission, which will try to uncover the origins of Phobos and Deimos.
Planetary Society Blog (10)

Rotatin' Ryugu!

Monday, 6/18/2018, at 2:30 PM
Hayabusa2 continues to approach asteroid Ryugu, revealing the 900-meter-wide world in all its glory.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update Special Report: Opportunity Pummeled by Massive Dust Storm, Hunkers Down to Sleep

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 7:46 PM
Entrenched in the west rim of Endeavour Crater, veteran robot field geologist Opportunity is hunkered down in Perseverance Valley in a kind of hibernation mode.

Dawn Journal: Spiralling Down

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 7:23 PM
Propelled by the perfect combination of xenon ions, hydrazine rocket propellant and adrenaline, Dawn is on the verge of its most ambitious exploits yet.

How China's lunar relay satellite arrived in its final orbit

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 7:00 PM
It took 24 days for Queiqiao to reach an Earth-Moon L2 halo orbit.

NASA's 2019 Budget Takes Shape

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 4:54 PM
The Senate and House have now released details of how they would fund NASA in 2019. Check out the good, bad, and ugly in these proposals and learn what happens next.

Favorite Astro Plots: The Pyroxene Quadrilateral

Friday, 6/15/2018, at 1:12 PM
Petrology is a field of science in which scientists study the compositions of rocks and minerals and interpret their geologic history. A common graph petrologists use is the “pyroxene quadrilateral.” These graphs, like photos of space, can reveal an understanding of the remotest parts of the solar system.

Chinese satellite snags new views of Earth from lunar orbit

Thursday, 6/14/2018, at 6:54 PM
See the world through the eyes of Longjiang-2.

Hayabusa2: Ryugu takes shape

Thursday, 6/14/2018, at 12:23 PM
Hayabusa2 is now less than 1000 kilometers away from Ryugu, and the tiny asteroid is beginning to betray its shape.

Get ready for OSIRIS-REx at Bennu! ...but be patient.

Tuesday, 6/12/2018, at 11:23 AM
NASA's OSIRIS-REx will get the first sight of its target Bennu in August and go into orbit in December.

Meet MMX, Japan's sample return mission to Phobos

Monday, 6/11/2018, at 7:00 AM
NASA is providing an instrument for the mission, which will try to uncover the origins of Phobos and Deimos.