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vjkane
post Sep 6 2009, 04:15 PM
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Here are some recent posts at my blog, FuturePlanets, that may be of interest to this group:

Scary Messages

Titan: A Thought Experiment

Titan Mare Explorer (TiME)

Titan Mare Explorer Abstract

White Paper: Titan Geophysical Network

White Paper: Titan Exploration by Balloon

White Paper: Technology Development for In Situ Titan Exploration

White Paper: Argo Mission to Neptune, Triton, and a KBO



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vjkane
post Sep 13 2009, 03:40 PM
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This week's posts at FuturePlanets

Alternatives to Deal with Loss of Planetary Funding

Venus New Frontiers Missions
Concepts


Thoughts on Titan Mare Explorer


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post Sep 14 2009, 10:37 PM
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Thank you for this great blog - it's become a regular pit stop.

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post Sep 15 2009, 12:47 AM
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Subscribed - very nice work.
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post Sep 15 2009, 10:07 PM
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A refreshingly optimistic tone in ths report. Maybe its just a matter of making an inspiring case.
http://www.planetary.org/about/press/relea...rt_for_the.html
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post Oct 28 2009, 02:39 PM
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I found this article interesting. If the topic is too 'blue sky' or whatever please delete.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/...91027195507.htm
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vjkane
post Oct 28 2009, 05:08 PM
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There's been concerned raised about the decision not to start up production of plutonium-238 in the FY10 budget. (Couldn't find the posts.) I've written an analysis at my blog: http://futureplanets.blogspot.com/2009/10/...um-balance.html


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vjkane
post Dec 30 2009, 02:50 AM
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Next candidates for New Frontiers missions and a new round of study missions for the Decadal Survey announced. Details at Futureplanets


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post Dec 30 2009, 09:55 AM
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See also http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/fea...tiers_2009.html
I like all three, but if I must choose one I would say SAGE


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post Dec 30 2009, 09:59 AM
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Mmm...Yeah, I'm with you there, Paolo. There's really just too much that we don't yet understand about Venus, and it's high time that planet got some recent ground truth with modern instrumentation.


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post Dec 30 2009, 07:00 PM
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A new Venus lander mission is what's really needed of the three proposals.

And with the Magellan data we should be able to pick out interesting sites, like a volcano or tesserae area. The only concern I would have would be that a mission like this wouldn't really be able to stay with the budget parameters set out in the programme. I really would love to see a new Venus lander before long. cool.gif
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post Dec 30 2009, 10:16 PM
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Just as important, the Venus Express VIRTIS instrument has found areas that appear to be fresh lava flows, and the SAGE-VISE White Paper indicated that one of these flows would be the target.


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post Dec 31 2009, 01:13 PM
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I'm all for the Venus mission..its about time we get proper views of the venusian surface!
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vjkane
post Feb 1 2010, 08:46 PM
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First look at the proposed NASA planetary budget for next year is posted at my FuturePlanets blog.


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post Feb 1 2010, 09:36 PM
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Thanks. I've been scouring the media for that information but couldn't get past the big headlines. I knew you'd come up trumps, but I didn't know the budget would.
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