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NASA Picks Two Missions to Explore Venus, the First in Decades

NASA Picks Two Missions to Explore Venus, the First in Decades

NASA Picks Two Missions to Explore Venus, the First in Decades Robin George Andrews On the morning of June 2, rumors began swirling that NASA was about to announce its latest choices for interplanetary missions, selecting the long-awaited winners of the agency’s competition for new spacecraft in its relatively low-priced Discovery exploration program. Four contending…

Is NASA about to Lift the ‘Venus Curse?’

Is NASA about to Lift the ‘Venus Curse?’ Robin George Andrews Like many kids, Sue Smrekar dreamed that she would one day voyage into space. But instead of becoming an astronaut, she ended up as a planetary geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she worked on robotic explorers of other worlds. In some sense,…

NASA Ends Efforts to Deploy Mars InSight’s ‘Mole’

NASA Ends Efforts to Deploy Mars InSight’s ‘Mole’

NASA Ends Efforts to Deploy Mars InSight’s ‘Mole’ Robin George Andrews The old adage that “space is hard” is usually said whenever a spacecraft is lost because of a miscalculation, malfunction or fatal encounter with the harsh extremes of an off-world environment. But the villain putting a thorn in NASA’s side right now is nothing…