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NASA Panel: Curiosity Planning Lacks Scientific Focus
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NASA Panel: Curiosity Planning Lacks Scientific Focus

by Justin CowartSeptember 7, 2014

A NASA senior panel took Curiosity’s mission management to task, finding that their extended mission plan was “a poor science return for such a large investment” and “lacked scientific focus and detail.” (more…)

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Deep Space Digest – August 29
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Deep Space Digest – August 29

by Justin CowartAugust 29, 2014

Curiosity abandons a drilling target, Opportunity gets a memory reformatting, Rosetta scouts a landing site, and Cassini takes a close look Titan.

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Deep Space Digest – May 23
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Deep Space Digest – May 23

by Justin CowartMay 23, 2014

Chang’e 4 delays, Opportunity finds clay, Curiosity drills, Rosetta works to meet a comet, Cassini observes auroras, and New Horizons looks for a target.

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Deep Space Digest – May 9
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Deep Space Digest – May 9

by Justin CowartMay 9, 2014

Opportunity drives backwards, Curiosity drills into Mars, Rosetta finishes waking up, and Cassini studies Saturn’s auroras. (more…)

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Deep Space Digest – April 23
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Deep Space Digest – April 23

by Justin CowartApril 24, 2014

Deep Space Digest is a new biweekly feature that we will be developing over the next couple of months. We will try to provide our readers with a short summary of major mission news for selected missions. Feedback on the feature would be much appreciated!

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Europa’s Ocean Even More Earthlike
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Europa’s Ocean Even More Earthlike

by Justin CowartMarch 8, 2013

A study led by Mike Brown (of Killing Pluto fame) detected deposits that hint Earth-like saltwater might be leaking out to Europa’s surface from underneath.

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MESSENGER Completes First Full Map of Mercury
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MESSENGER Completes First Full Map of Mercury

by Justin CowartMarch 2, 2013

In a tweet on February 28, MESSENGER’s science team announced that the entire surface of Mercury had been mapped with its Dual Imaging System (MDIS).

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NASA’s Dawn probe leaves Vesta, heads to Ceres
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NASA’s Dawn probe leaves Vesta, heads to Ceres

by AstroAggregatorSeptember 11, 2012

Nasa’s Dawn probe is a mission to explore the solar system’s two largest asteroids – Vesta and Ceres. Having spent around a year in orbit around Vesta, it has now left on course for Ceres, due to arrive in February 2015.

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