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A week's worth of "RC3" images from Dawn at Ceres

Tuesday, 5/5/2015, at 1:25 PM
Now that Dawn is in its science orbit at Ceres, the mission has been releasing new images every weekday!

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs Sol 4000, Digs Spirit of St. Louis Crater

Tuesday, 5/5/2015, at 10:20 AM
After investigating some flat, light and dark toned rocks around Spirit of St. Louis Crater in April, Opportunity chalked up another milestone achievement – the 4000th sol or Martian day of surface operations.

How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Tuesday, 5/5/2015, at 1:36 AM
Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

Despite Rain Delays, NASA Prepares for Busy Year of SLS Engine Tests

Monday, 5/4/2015, at 5:02 AM
Despite a rainy spring that has caused schedule delays, NASA is preparing for a busy year of Space Launch System engine testing.

[Updated] Good Planetary Support in A Flawed NASA Bill

Saturday, 5/2/2015, at 8:45 AM
Casey Dreier gives a brief summary of the House draft bill released the other day that would authorize NASA funding for the years 2016 and 2017.

Mars Exploration Rovers Special Update: MERathon Celebrates Opportunity's Marathon

Friday, 5/1/2015, at 11:06 PM
MER mission ops team members joined other engineers and scientists, some who previously worked on the MER mission, to take on the challenge of a relay marathon to celebrate Opportunity's milestone achievement.

Farewell, MESSENGER

Friday, 5/1/2015, at 7:55 PM
There is one less robot exploring the solar system today. MESSENGER, which has orbited Mercury for four years, finally ran out of fuel and crashed into the planet at 17:26 UT on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Dawn Journal: Getting Down to Science at Ceres

Friday, 5/1/2015, at 4:02 PM
Dawn Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman gives a status update on the mission, having finally arrived at dwarf planet Ceres.

New Horizons sees surface features on Pluto, begins raw image release

Wednesday, 4/29/2015, at 9:06 PM
Today the New Horizons team released a new animation of images taken on approach to Pluto. The animation clearly shows how Pluto wobbles around the Pluto-Charon barycenter. It also shows something more exciting to the scientists: variations in brightness across the surface of Pluto. They also began releasing raw images to the Internet.

ISS-bound Cargo Spacecraft Doomed to Atmospheric Reentry

Wednesday, 4/29/2015, at 2:09 PM
The six crew members aboard the International Space Station will have to go without a scheduled delivery of food, supplies and fuel.
Planetary Society Blog (10)

A week's worth of "RC3" images from Dawn at Ceres

Tuesday, 5/5/2015, at 1:25 PM
Now that Dawn is in its science orbit at Ceres, the mission has been releasing new images every weekday!

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs Sol 4000, Digs Spirit of St. Louis Crater

Tuesday, 5/5/2015, at 10:20 AM
After investigating some flat, light and dark toned rocks around Spirit of St. Louis Crater in April, Opportunity chalked up another milestone achievement – the 4000th sol or Martian day of surface operations.

How to Watch the Humans to Mars Summit This Week

Tuesday, 5/5/2015, at 1:36 AM
Our friends at Explore Mars are live-streaming their Humans to Mars Summit this week, happening in Washington, D.C.

Despite Rain Delays, NASA Prepares for Busy Year of SLS Engine Tests

Monday, 5/4/2015, at 5:02 AM
Despite a rainy spring that has caused schedule delays, NASA is preparing for a busy year of Space Launch System engine testing.

[Updated] Good Planetary Support in A Flawed NASA Bill

Saturday, 5/2/2015, at 8:45 AM
Casey Dreier gives a brief summary of the House draft bill released the other day that would authorize NASA funding for the years 2016 and 2017.

Mars Exploration Rovers Special Update: MERathon Celebrates Opportunity's Marathon

Friday, 5/1/2015, at 11:06 PM
MER mission ops team members joined other engineers and scientists, some who previously worked on the MER mission, to take on the challenge of a relay marathon to celebrate Opportunity's milestone achievement.

Farewell, MESSENGER

Friday, 5/1/2015, at 7:55 PM
There is one less robot exploring the solar system today. MESSENGER, which has orbited Mercury for four years, finally ran out of fuel and crashed into the planet at 17:26 UT on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Dawn Journal: Getting Down to Science at Ceres

Friday, 5/1/2015, at 4:02 PM
Dawn Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman gives a status update on the mission, having finally arrived at dwarf planet Ceres.

New Horizons sees surface features on Pluto, begins raw image release

Wednesday, 4/29/2015, at 9:06 PM
Today the New Horizons team released a new animation of images taken on approach to Pluto. The animation clearly shows how Pluto wobbles around the Pluto-Charon barycenter. It also shows something more exciting to the scientists: variations in brightness across the surface of Pluto. They also began releasing raw images to the Internet.

ISS-bound Cargo Spacecraft Doomed to Atmospheric Reentry

Wednesday, 4/29/2015, at 2:09 PM
The six crew members aboard the International Space Station will have to go without a scheduled delivery of food, supplies and fuel.