Emily Lakdawalla's Planetary Society Weblog

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Amazing photos of tiny moons as Cassini orbits among the rings

Thursday, 1/19/2017, at 1:39 PM
Behold: Daphnis, the tiny, 8-kilometer moon that orbits within a ring gap, gently tugging on the edges of the gap to create delicate scallops.

Here's what history has to say about when Trump's NASA administrator will take office

Thursday, 1/19/2017, at 7:04 AM
This Friday, Charles Bolden resigns as NASA administrator after a stint of 2,744 days. Robert Lightfoot, the agency's highest-ranking civil servant, will take over as acting admin. How long will Lightfoot serve? If history serves as a guide, it could be a while.

Want to build on our LightSail work? Here are some resources to get started

Friday, 1/13/2017, at 11:30 AM
The Planetary Society is launching a new webpage showcasing LightSail academic papers, schematics, parts and imagery.

Blitzing Congress for NASA

Thursday, 1/12/2017, at 12:40 PM
Last February, a group called the Space Exploration Alliance held their annual "legislative blitz," walking the halls of Congress to sway lawmakers toward increased support for NASA's 2017 budget.

CYGNSS Launch: The Human Side

Wednesday, 1/11/2017, at 12:36 PM
What is it like behind the scenes before, during, and after the launch of a spacecraft?

Hidden Figures: Triumphant in the theater, sobering after

Tuesday, 1/10/2017, at 7:48 PM
Go see Hidden Figures, and bring your kids. Despite its serious subject matter, the movie is joyful, often funny, and, in the end, triumphant.

SpaceX is ready to fly rockets again. An expert talks about the reason a Falcon 9 blew up last year

Tuesday, 1/10/2017, at 7:02 AM
SpaceX says they fixed a problem with the helium pressurization system that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket last year. The company pushes the boundaries of rocket science, creating an occasional jaw-dropping fireball in the process. But will the risk-reward equation change when SpaceX starts flying astronauts?

Lucy and Psyche Asteroid Missions

Monday, 1/9/2017, at 11:49 AM
Last week, NASA selected its thirteenth and fourteenth missions in its low cost Discovery program.

Saturn's Ring Particles

Thursday, 1/5/2017, at 2:10 PM
Artist and astrophotographer Judy Schmidt brings us a view from within the rings of Saturn.

NASA is visiting 8 asteroids in 8 years. Here are 8 things to know about the missions

Wednesday, 1/4/2017, at 5:33 PM
NASA announced two new asteroid missions today named Lucy and Psyche that will fill important gaps in our understanding of how the solar system was formed. Here are eight things to know about the two missions.
Planetary Society Blog (10)

Amazing photos of tiny moons as Cassini orbits among the rings

Thursday, 1/19/2017, at 1:39 PM
Behold: Daphnis, the tiny, 8-kilometer moon that orbits within a ring gap, gently tugging on the edges of the gap to create delicate scallops.

Here's what history has to say about when Trump's NASA administrator will take office

Thursday, 1/19/2017, at 7:04 AM
This Friday, Charles Bolden resigns as NASA administrator after a stint of 2,744 days. Robert Lightfoot, the agency's highest-ranking civil servant, will take over as acting admin. How long will Lightfoot serve? If history serves as a guide, it could be a while.

Want to build on our LightSail work? Here are some resources to get started

Friday, 1/13/2017, at 11:30 AM
The Planetary Society is launching a new webpage showcasing LightSail academic papers, schematics, parts and imagery.

Blitzing Congress for NASA

Thursday, 1/12/2017, at 12:40 PM
Last February, a group called the Space Exploration Alliance held their annual "legislative blitz," walking the halls of Congress to sway lawmakers toward increased support for NASA's 2017 budget.

CYGNSS Launch: The Human Side

Wednesday, 1/11/2017, at 12:36 PM
What is it like behind the scenes before, during, and after the launch of a spacecraft?

Hidden Figures: Triumphant in the theater, sobering after

Tuesday, 1/10/2017, at 7:48 PM
Go see Hidden Figures, and bring your kids. Despite its serious subject matter, the movie is joyful, often funny, and, in the end, triumphant.

SpaceX is ready to fly rockets again. An expert talks about the reason a Falcon 9 blew up last year

Tuesday, 1/10/2017, at 7:02 AM
SpaceX says they fixed a problem with the helium pressurization system that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket last year. The company pushes the boundaries of rocket science, creating an occasional jaw-dropping fireball in the process. But will the risk-reward equation change when SpaceX starts flying astronauts?

Lucy and Psyche Asteroid Missions

Monday, 1/9/2017, at 11:49 AM
Last week, NASA selected its thirteenth and fourteenth missions in its low cost Discovery program.

Saturn's Ring Particles

Thursday, 1/5/2017, at 2:10 PM
Artist and astrophotographer Judy Schmidt brings us a view from within the rings of Saturn.

NASA is visiting 8 asteroids in 8 years. Here are 8 things to know about the missions

Wednesday, 1/4/2017, at 5:33 PM
NASA announced two new asteroid missions today named Lucy and Psyche that will fill important gaps in our understanding of how the solar system was formed. Here are eight things to know about the two missions.