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A Comet Visitor and a Pretty Metal Moon
The week’s space news, plus your guide to the night sky and ways you can contribute to Venus science.

Mars in all its glory, and a planet as hot as a star
Dive into Mars mania and catch up on this week's space exploration updates.

Asteroids, Asteroids, Asteroids!
Gear up for Asteroid Day on 30 June, explore the latest issue of The Planetary Report, and get your fill of space news for the week.

Sample Return Roundup
It's a banner year for sample return missions. In 2020, China, Japan, and the United States are all scheduled to have sample return missions in flight, seeking to retrieve material from near-Earth asteroids, the Moon, and eventually Mars.

Pictures of Earth
During this singular moment in history as the entire world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be appropriate to share some of our favorite pictures of Earth from space.

Your Impact: June 2020 Solstice
We're celebrating a successful Day of Action in Washington D.C., remembering SETI@home, and looking forward to LightSail 2's extended mission.

A Ring of Fire and Titan's Explosive Volcanoes
All the latest space news, plus ways you can celebrate and advocate for space.

What Is a Solar Eclipse? Your Questions Answered.
Your guide to total, partial, and annular eclipses: what causes them, what you'll see, and when the next one will happen.

LightSail 2 Enters Extended Mission Phase
One year after launch, The Planetary Society’s solar sail spacecraft is embarking on an extended mission dedicated to further advancing solar sailing technology.

Perseverance, Optimism, and an Undeniably Cool Poster
The week’s space news, plus action you can take to advance exploration.

Committed to Doing the Work
Our initial plans to proactively work against racism, along with the week’s space news.

Our Commitment to Work Against Racism
Many of us are having a hard time looking up right now. It’s a painful moment. We here at The Planetary Society recognize we must do more to support Black people, including Black people who love space.

Our New Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever
The Planetary Society has a new improved guide to all the places we've landed—or crashed—on Mars, plus planned locations for the upcoming Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

Weather Scrubs a Launch, Forms Mars Dunes, and Inspires Art
Get ready for the rescheduled Crew Dragon launch and catch up on the highlights of the week in space.

Martian Mud and a Milestone in Human Spaceflight
Get your space exploration news and see what happens when you leave paint on the launchpad.

The Bold Plan to See Continents and Oceans on Another Earth
A group of researchers, backed by NASA funding, wants to use solar sails and the Sun's gravity to capture an image of an exoplanet so sharp we can see continents, oceans, and clouds.

Your Guide to Crew Dragon's First Astronaut Flight
SpaceX launched NASA astronauts on the first crewed commercial flight to the International Space Station. Read the backstory on this important milestone, and learn how you can get involved.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is a Fantastic Deal
NASA's commercial crew program stands to be the agency's lowest-cost human spacecraft effort in nearly 60 years.

Sampling an Asteroid and Exploring Alien Oceans
Get the scoop on space news and try out a spaceship docking simulator.

Visiting Perseverance During Its Final Week at JPL
An undergraduate physics research student describes her visit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to see the Perseverance rover before it shipped to Florida for launch.

Venus' Watery Past, and Listening to Mars
The latest in space exploration, from new Europa images to a movie filmed in space, plus some inspiration for at-home space art.

Ten New Pictures from LightSail 2
Images from around the globe, plus some night pictures and the spacecraft's solar panels.

A Comet Breakup and a Planet Defined
From space news to vintage tees, here’s everything you need to stay connected to planetary exploration.

A Puffy Planet and a Cat on Titan
News from the forefront of exploration, plus a collection to help you keep your cosmic calm.

A New Exoplanet and a Martian Helicopter
Learn all about what’s happening in space exploration, and check out some great space art.

A Fractured Comet and a Deep Dive into Planetary Science Funding
Everything you need to know about space science and exploration, including an Apollo anniversary, a gravity slingshot, and a global celebration of space.

Dive deep into the history of planetary exploration funding
This unique, comprehensive dataset includes the full budget history, by year, of every NASA planetary science mission and related activities.

A Voyage to Mercury, and the Latest in Space Policy
Plus space backgrounds for your work-at-home meetings

Video Chat From Outer Space With These Custom Wallpapers
Since some services like Zoom allow you to create virtual backgrounds, The Planetary Society offers you the opportunity to take your home office to Mars, or the Moon, or other fun places in space.

Space to Comfort, Teach, Share, and Escape
Plus a high-res map of Bennu, a virtual space party, and more

Our Responsibility to Deal more Kindly with One Another
Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye shares how the Society is responding to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world.

A Conversation with Ann Druyan and a Fix for InSight
Did you know you can see Jupiter in the daytime?

The Possible Worlds of Ann Druyan
The executive producer, writer, and director of Cosmos and author of the companion book discusses the show’s third season, and why she believes science is the key to a better future

Here's How Scientists Mapped the Perseverance Rover's Landing Site
The maps will help plan scientific field trips for the rover as it explores an ancient river delta.

An Epic Mars Panorama and a Space Board Game
The principal investigator of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission has a new board game, XTRONAUT 2.0: The Game of Solar System Exploration.

The Next 10 Years
Six scientists share the major planetary science discoveries of the past decade, and the questions that will drive the next 10 years of solar system exploration.

Your Impact
Celebrating Shoemaker Grant winners, Society awards, and volunteer efforts around the world.

An Exoplanet-Hunting Space Telescope and a Name for a Rover
Meet NASA’s Perseverance rover. Plus, we’re hiring!

Two Mars Missions Are Gutted Despite Near-Record Funding for Planetary Science
A new budget submission from the White House would continue record-high funding for planetary science, but proposes deep cuts to 2 productive Mars missions and defers funding for deep space telescope dedicated to finding hazardous near-Earth objects.

The Downlink: Kuiper Belt World Named Gonggong, New InSight Results
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Mars Rover Unpacked in Florida, New Data from Search for Life
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: NASA Considers Missions to Venus, Io, and Triton
Planetary exploration news for busy people

161 meetings. 115 members. 28 states. 1 Day of Action.
More than one hundred Planetary Society members from near and far advocated for space science and exploration in Washington, D.C. on 10 February 2020.

The Downlink: Mars 2020 Ready to Ship, Christina Koch Sets New Record
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Spitzer Says So Long, Voyager 2 Recovering after Glitch
Planetary exploration news for busy people

Star Trek: Picard Gets the Martian Landscape Right
The visual effects for the new television series Star Trek: Picard show a wonderfully realistic Mars in panoramic views that obviously rely upon NASA and ESA imagery. This article is spoiler-free except for the disclosure of an important event depicted in the opening moments of the show.

Is the Moon a Stepping Stone or a Cornerstone for Mars?
New legislation proposed in the House of Representatives would radically shift NASA's human spaceflight efforts away from the Moon and back to Mars.

The Downlink: Crew Dragon Completes Crucial Test, More Mars Mole Problems
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Ganymede's North Pole, A New Asteroid to Explore
Planetary exploration news for busy people

NASA Rings in the New Year with $22.6 billion
NASA's final 2020 budget rejected every major cut proposed by the Trump Administration, increased funding for popular congressional projects such as the Space Launch System, and underfunded several key administration proposals, including a human-qualified lunar lander and low-Earth orbit commercialization projects.

Here's What We've Learned So Far from LightSail 2
A new paper recaps mission events, discusses solar sail performance, and describes how the spacecraft's orbit has changed.

The Downlink: New Earth-size Exoplanet Found, Meteor Shower Seen from ISS
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Mars 2020 Ready to Rove, India to Build Second Lunar Lander
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: CHEOPS Exoplanet Mission Launches, ISS Test Flight Goes Awry
Planetary exploration news for busy people

Announcing the 2019 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners
Six proposals are awarded a total of $57,906. The winners come from 4 countries on 3 continents.

The Biggest Little Asteroid Observatory
The Center for Solar System Studies, a perennial Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winner, is a small observatory that makes big contributions to near-Earth asteroid research.

The Most Important Space Policy Events of the 2010s
The end of the Space Shuttle, the rise of public-private partnerships, and the return to the Moon. As the 2010s come to a close, what were the most impactful events that shaped U.S. space policy?

The Downlink: OSIRIS-REx Sample Site Picked, Easy-Access Water Ice on Mars
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: ExoMars Rover Testing, Bennu's Mysterious Particle Ejections
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The December Solstice 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!
Featuring an article by Abigail Fraeman on what the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity taught us, and one by Javier Gómez-Elvira on the next steps in the search for life on Mars.

A New Understanding
Abigail Fraeman examines how the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, changed our view of Mars.

What Comes Next on Mars?
Javier Gómez-Elvira anticipates the next phase of the search for life on the Red Planet.

People. Passion. Planets.
Bill Nye revels in 4 decades of bringing space to everyone, and we celebrate our global membership.

Creating A Movement for Space
A look back at The Planetary Society's founding documents and the origins of the organization.

The Downlink: Europe Funds Planetary Defense Mission and Mars Sample Return
Planetary exploration news for busy people

This Holiday Season, Avoid the Politics and Talk Space Instead
When coming together this holiday season, ditch the politics. Instead, here are 5 conversation topics about space that can inspire and engage everyone.

The Solar System According to Carolyn Porco
The leader of the Cassini spacecraft imaging team discusses pale blue dots, life on Enceladus, terraforming Mars, Pluto, Carl Sagan, and more.

The Downlink: Starliner Preps for Test Flight, InSight's Mole Digs Again
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Best Gifts for Space Fans, According to 12 Scientists, Engineers and Educators
The Planetary Society's 2019 holiday gift guide will help you find space-themed gifts for kids and adults.

China Considers Voyager-like Mission to Interstellar Space
The mission includes a flyby of Neptune and measurements of the heliosphere, the electrically charged gas bubble surrounding our solar system

The Downlink: Mercury Transits the Sun, Hayabusa2 Leaves Ryugu
Planetary exploration news for busy people

Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2019
Welcome to my 11th annual list of recommended space books for kids! This year I had more than 80 books to read, and I've winnowed the list to recommend 29. There are books for all ages from 0 to 18 and beyond.

The Downlink: Southern Sky from Space, Apollo Moon Sample Opened
Planetary exploration news for busy people

How to See the 2019 Mercury Transit
A rare transit of Mercury across the Sun occurs 11 November 2019. Here’s a guide to when and how to observe Mercury's small disk crossing the Sun.

What Are Your Space Life Goals?
The Planetary Society wants your ideas for building the ultimate list of must-do space experiences.

Planetary Society Talks Europa, Planetary Defense, and Solar Sailing in Washington D.C.
Thanks to our members and donors, The Planetary Society participated in several activities at the 2019 International Astronautical Conference.

The Downlink: A New Look at Asteroid Hygiea, Setback for InSight
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Shields Up for James Webb, Breakthrough Eyes New SETI Targets
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: A Historic All-Woman Spacewalk, Hubble Spies Interstellar Comet
Planetary exploration news for busy people

“I Talk to It Every Day”: Students are Vital Members of LightSail 2 Team
More than 50,000 people supported LightSail 2. But only one person can talk to the spacecraft at a time, and it's often a student.

In 1983, Carl Sagan Urged NASA to Send a Mission to Saturn and Titan
"We very much hope that NASA will be able to make an early commitment to such a mission," wrote Sagan to administrator James Beggs.

The Downlink: NASA Works to Save Mars Experiment, Saturn Gets 20 New Moons
Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Station Crew Home, Hayabusa2 Deploys Rover
Planetary exploration news for busy people

Tourism: Apollo's Forgotten Legacy
Americans were deeply divided over the value of the Apollo program. One member of Congress had a radical idea: open Kennedy Space Center to the public.

How the European Space Agency Does Planetary Defense
Defending the planet from the hazard of potential asteroid impacts requires investments from the whole world. In Europe, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union both support work to understand and mitigate the threats from near-Earth objects.

How NASA's Planetary Defense Budget Grew By More Than 4000% in 10 years
NASA used to spend more on travel for its employees at headquarters than it did on finding dangerous near-Earth asteroids. Now it’s building asteroid-hunting space telescopes. What changed?

NASA to Build New Asteroid-Hunting Space Telescope
The yet-to-be-named telescope would launch as soon as 2024, as part of NASA's new, multi-pronged approach to planetary defense.

Bill Nye, Planetary Society Staff Listen to LightSail 2 Signal
When LightSail 2 recently flew south of The Planetary Society's headquarters, CEO Bill Nye and other staff members stepped outside to listen.

Registration Is Now Open for the 2020 Day of Action
Join The Planetary Society and advocate for space in Washington, D.C. this 9 - 10 February 2020.

Astronomers May Have Found an Interstellar Comet. Here's Why That Matters.
Astrophysicist Karl Battams tells us what we can learn by studying objects from outside our solar system.

Here's How I'm Celebrating 53 Years of Star Trek
Star Trek Voyager Emergency Medical Hologram and Planetary Society Board member Robert Picardo uncovers rare Star Trek artifacts at The Planetary Society.

India's Vikram Spacecraft Apparently Crash-Lands on Moon
Communications were lost with the lander, which was carrying a small rover named Pragyan to the lunar surface.

Calling All Image Processors: Help Us Create a Top-Down View of LightSail 2
We've got 2 fish-eye pictures of the spacecraft's solar sail from opposite cameras, and we're hoping they can be combined.

The September Equinox 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!
A new issue of The Planetary Report brings you our pride in the success of LightSail 2 and our gratitude to our members for making it happen. Plus Venus science from Akatsuki and Venus Express, and the status of planetary defense.

Your Impact: Mission Success!
Your LightSail 2 spacecraft is in space, controlling its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

Where We Are on 1 October 2019
We lost and gained spacecraft at the Moon last quarter. India’s Chandrayaan-2 left Earth orbit for the Moon on 13 August, and its Vikram lander aims at a 7 September touchdown. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter just celebrated its tenth launch anniversary. China’s smallsat Longjiang-2 crashed on 31 July, ending its successful mission.

Why I Explore
I explore space because I like feeling insignificant. I crave a dark night sky that reminds me that our Sun and even our galaxy are not unique. I find comfort in thinking about countless generations of humans looking at the same sky and asking questions similar to the ones I ask.

The State of Planetary Defense
Vishnu Reddy delivers a sober but hopeful report on our understanding of near-Earth objects, their dangers, and our readiness.

Venus’ Ocean of Air and Clouds
Javier Peralta plumbs the depths of Venus’ atmosphere through the eyes of the Venus Express and Akatsuki orbiters.

Hayabusa2 Lander Mania: Results from MASCOT, Plans for MINERVA-II2
Japan's sample return spacecraft only has about 3 months left at asteroid Ryugu. Its next action will be to drop more stuff on the surface.




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