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Planetary

A guide to interesting stuff going on in space science, space exploration, and space advocacy.
  1. NASA's new heavy lift rocket is currently scheduled to launch the Orion spacecraft on a test flight next year. But all signs are pointing to a probable delay.
  2. The four-stop dune science campaign offered the engineers some time to continue troubleshooting the drill without any pressure to use it for science. They scooped sand at a site called Ogunquit Beach but couldn't complete the planned sample activity because of new developments in the drill inquiry. The rover has now headed onward toward Vera Rubin Ridge.
  3. NASA's long-lived Cassini spacecraft is about to buzz Titan for the final time, putting it on course for a spectacular mission finale that concludes in September.
  4. The Spring 2017 issue of The Planetary Report is in the mail and available online now to our members!
  5. Here are some recent reports from our NEO Shoemaker Grant program asteroid observers, who are quite literally trying to save the world.