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  1. LADEE Mission Ends with Planned Impact on Moon Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 4:00 am
    NASA has confirmed that the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft has finished its mission on April 17, 2014, with a planned impact on the surface of the Moon.
  2. Appearance of Night-Shining Clouds Has Increased Monday, 21 April 2014, 4:00 pm
    New data shows that the presence of bright night-shining clouds has increased in a region that covers the northern third of the United Sates and the lowest parts of Canada. That information ties in wi
  3. A Star s Early Chemistry Shapes Life-Friendly Atmospheres Monday, 21 April 2014, 4:00 am
    The chemistry of a star s protoplanetary disc could influence the later composition of planetary atmospheres.
  4. Bridging the Gaps: Centre for Astrochemical Studies opens at MPE Sunday, 20 April 2014, 4:00 pm
    A new group will study interstellar molecules to explore how stars and planets form, bringing together theorists, observers and laboratory scientists in one place–a unique combination of expertise ne

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Space & Physics

  1. Why Is E.T. Still MIA? Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:30 am
    The complicated, confusing and thrilling search for alien life.
  2. Why Is Our Universe Filled With Spirals? Monday, 21 April 2014, 9:30 pm
    From hurricanes to galaxies, spiral patterns seem omnipresent in our universe.
  3. Up Close With Comet ISON Saturday, 19 April 2014, 8:00 pm
    Showcasing the winners of our Comet ISON Photo Contest.
  4. The Revolutionary Rocket That Could Shuttle Humans to Mars Saturday, 19 April 2014, 1:30 am
    A novel plasma engine could slash travel time to Mars — now approximately three years — to just 39 days.

Future Planetary Exploration

  1. 2015 Planetary Science Proposed Budget – Steady as she goes and then big changes Saturday, 15 March 2014, 11:11 pm
    The President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget details were released this week.  For the next several years, the budget proposes a steady as she goes plan (but with two “what are they thinking?. […]
  2. Boundaries for the Next Discovery Mission Selection Thursday, 20 February 2014, 9:52 pm
    In my post a couple of weeks ago on the selection of NASA’s next low cost planetary mission, I said that the conditions NASA imposed on scientists proposing missions would determine much of what kin. […]
  3. Mission to a Metallic World: A Discovery Proposal to Fly to the Asteroid Psyche Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 6:23 am
    Imagine flying deep within the asteroid belt to study the most unreachable location in the solar system: the deep core of a terrestrial world.That will be one asteroid mission that will be proposed fo. […]
  4. Discovery Next Thursday, 6 February 2014, 7:09 am
    The Discovery program is unique in NASA’s planetary program.  Within the budget constraints of each selection, the scientific community is free to propose any mission to any destination.  In the l. […]


  1. photographic Saturday, 19 April 2014, 11:52 pm
    Kepler 168f has been the subject of substantial media coverage over the past week. This newly confirmed planet orbits a red dwarf with roughly half the mass and radius of the Sun, receives about 27% o. […]
  2. Super Planet Crush Crash Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 6:06 pm
    The Crash at Crush is a perennial go-to narrative in the long-running effort to goad disinterested students into obtaining a much-needed grasp of the the principles of classical mechanics. From the Wi. […]
  3. 1215095 Sunday, 26 January 2014, 3:21 am
    Above: A Google Data Center Image source. A few weeks ago, there was an interesting article in the New York Times. On the flat lava plain of Reykjanesbaer, Iceland, near the Arctic Circle, you can fin. […]
  4. A Supernova in M82 Thursday, 23 January 2014, 2:32 am
    I was startled today to learn that a Type Ia supernova has been spotted in M82 — a very nearby, very bright galaxy that even I can find with a backyard telescope. In the image just below, M82 is the. […]