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Offline vjkane

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Future planetary exploration news
« on: 08/20/2017 04:38 PM »
My work schedule no longer allows me to regularly post news updates on my blog.  Instead, I'm posting links to articles in the past week that address topics related to future planetary exploration.

Let me know if this is of interest to this community and I'll cross post here.

Here are the articles from the past week.  Unfortunately, this site doesn't carry over the hyper links, but if you want to read any of the articles, they are hyperlinked at

 Press Releases
Mars 2020 mission to use smart methods to seek signs of past life
NASA studies CubeSat mission to solve Venusian mystery
NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls
Mars Sample Return: Scientists Debate How to Bring Red Planet Rocks to Earth
By Leonard David

Missions to probe exoplanets, galaxies, and cosmic inflation vie for $250 million NASA slot
By Daniel Clery Aug. 16, 2017

The Space Review
CubeSats: faster and cheaper, but are they better?
By Jeff Foust
Space News
Beyond HAL: How artificial intelligence is changing space systems
by Debra Werner — August 15, 2017
China Spaceflight
Chang'e VI: plans to be launched around Wenchang from around 2020 to achieve the return of the lunar poles
Unless you read Chinese, you’ll need a translation program such as Google translate

edit/gongora: fixed URL
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Re: Future planetary exploration news
« Reply #1 on: 08/21/2017 01:11 AM »
The planetary midterm meeting is coming up. There will possibly be some news coming out of that.

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Re: Future planetary exploration news
« Reply #2 on: 09/03/2017 10:23 PM »
Here the link to the blog post with the articles on future planetary exploration I found over the last two weeks.

Hyperlinks don't copy over with cut and paste to this forum, but here's a listing of the articles with links on the blog post.

The last two weeks have seen a number of articles and press releases on future planetary exploration.  The big news was that NASA’s managers are proposing a fast track Mars sample return mission for the mid-2020s.  Numerous articles were written; I’ve listed several that I thought were among the best I saw.

You might also want to check out Leonard David’s story, Beating Curiosity, on the technical enhancements that will enable the Mars 2020 rover mission.

For fans of Titan exploration, there’s now a website for the proposed Dragonfly rotocraft and an article on the proposed Oceanus orbiter.

Several other articles discuss other plans and proposals to explore the planets.


Beating Curiosity
By Leonard David|September 2017

A future comes into focus for the Mars Exploration Program
Casey Dreier • August 31, 2017

NASA studies mission to return samples from Mars by end of 2020s
August 28, 2017 Stephen Clark

NASA considers kicking Mars sample return into high gear
Jason Davis • August 28, 2017

NASA's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet
Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Proposed Orbiter Could Probe the Ocean Beneath Saturn's Moon Titan
By Nola Taylor Redd, August 24th, 2017

APL proposes Dragonfly mission to explore potential habitable sites on Saturn's largest moon
Dragonfly website
Presentation on Dragonfly (YouTube)


A clockwork rover for Venus

NASA studies CubeSat mission to solve Venusian mystery

Rounding out the field

James Webb Telescope will study our solar system's 'ocean worlds'
August 24, 2017 by Eric Villard

CubeSats: faster and cheaper, but are they better?
by Jeff Foust