planetary science


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Recent Examples on the Web Connection to Arizona: University of Arizona is leading the mission, and Dante Lauretta, a UA professor of planetary science is the mission's principal investigator. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, "'An amazing day:' University of Arizona team is optimistic they plucked sample from asteroid," 22 Oct. 2020 The only way to know for certain is to send a spacecraft there to check it out, and the planetary science community is awash in calls for a mission to unravel the mystery. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Rocket Lab Could Beat NASA Back to Venus in the Search for ET," 18 Sep. 2020 At a meeting of NASA's Planetary Science Advisory Committee this week, Lori Glaze, director of NASA's planetary science division, said the Europa Clipper mission had recently discovered compatibility issues involving the Space Launch System. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Raptor engine sets record, Northrop may say “Aloha!” to Omega," 21 Aug. 2020 For nearly 60 years Arecibo has been a mainstay of radio astronomy, atmospheric research, and planetary science. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Arecibo radio telescope goes dark after snapped cable shreds dish," 12 Aug. 2020 Returning samples of Mars to Earth has been the highest priority of the planetary science community. Washington Post, "NASA’s new Mars rover Perseverance poised to rocket to Red Planet to search for ancient life," 30 July 2020 The exact price tag of VIPER itself remains to be determined, according to Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s planetary science division. Leonard David, Scientific American, "NASA’s Hunt for Lunar Water Intensifies," 24 June 2020 The findings also have important implications for planetary science missions to Mars. NBC News, "In the atmosphere of Mars, a green glow offers scientists hints for future visits," 16 June 2020 The idea that Earth briefly looked like a potato may seem odd, says Sara Russell, a professor of planetary sciences at the Natural History Museum in London who wasn’t involved with the work. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The moon may have stretched early Earth into a potato shape," 15 Apr. 2020

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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2 Nov 2020

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“Planetary science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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