Sunday, September 3, 2017

Articles, September 3, 2017

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.


By Leonard David|September 2017

A future comes into focus for the Mars Exploration Program

Casey DreierAugust 31, 2017

NASA studies mission to return samples from Mars by end of 2020s

NASA considers kicking Mars sample return into high gear

Jason DavisAugust 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



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

by Jeff Foust