October 2018 • Issue 154


On May 9, 2003, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa, the first mission to return an asteroid sample back to Earth. Fifteen years later, JAXA, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), has sent a second mission to rendezvous with an asteroid, with the objective of returning yet another sample. Both Hayabusa […]  (read more…)
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), established in 1968, is devoted to the study of the formation of the solar system, its evolution into the dynamic planetary system we have today, and the potential for life elsewhere. To commemorate the LPI’s 50th anniversary, a one-day science symposium was held on March 17, 2018, in the […]  (read more…)

New and Noteworthy

University of Arizona Press, 2018, 500 pp., Hardcover. $75.00. With active geysers coating its surface with dazzlingly bright ice crystals, Saturn’s large moon Enceladus is one of the most enigmatic worlds in our solar system. Underlying this activity are numerous further discoveries by the Cassini spacecraft, tantalizing us with evidence that Enceladus harbors a […]  (read more…)
Elsevier, 2018, 558 pp., Paperback, $160.00. Primitive Meteorites and Asteroids: Physical, Chemical, and Spectroscopic Observations Paving the Way to Exploration covers the physical, chemical, and spectroscopic aspects of asteroids, providing important data and research on carbonaceous chondrites and primitive meteorites. This information is crucial to the success of missions to parent bodies, thus contributing to […]  (read more…)