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Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:23:35 -0700
A Planetary Society Retrospective
Look back at the remarkable achievements our members have made over the past 4 decades, alongside other space milestones and events.
Your Impact: September Equinox 2020
We’ve made some big changes to planetary.org, as we continue to advance advocacy, defend Earth, and chart the future of space exploration.
Could there be life on Venus?
Explore exciting news in the search for life beyond Earth, and take a trip down memory lane with our co-founder.
Your Guide to Asteroids, Comets, and Other Small Worlds
These leftover planet-building materials are like time capsules that give us a peek into our origins.
Night Sky Photography for Beginners
An introduction to full-sky astrophotography using a digital camera.
Did Scientists Just Find Life on Venus? Here's How to Interpret the Phosphine Discovery
A Venusian biosignature, if confirmed, does not guarantee life, but it does represent a compelling argument for further exploration.
What’s up (and down) in space?
Wrap your head around orientations in space, and learn the latest in space exploration news.
Planetary Society Grant Winner Discovers Large Near-Earth Asteroid
The kilometer-wide object won't hit Earth, but would cause global-scale devastation if it did.
A devil on Mars and defenders of Earth
From dust devils and craters on the Martian surface to spots on the Sun, we’re taking a look at everything new and exciting in space science and exploration this week.
Mars approaches Earth, and Earthlings dream of going to Mars
Looking back into space and time, and looking forward to mission milestones and new endeavors. All this and more in your weekly space digest.
Your Guide to NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Webb will see galaxies that formed just after the Big Bang and help determine whether planets orbiting other stars could support life.
Your Guide to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble has revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos large and small.
Looking up at bright planets, asteroids, and burning trash
Get an update on the latest in space exploration, and find out how you can help defend the Earth from asteroid impacts.
Planetary Society Grant Winners Deal with Delays, Hunt Asteroids, and Discover Comet
Every 6 months, we ask our recent Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winners for a progress report. Here's what they told us.
Astronomy Course Quiz 2017
Introductory planetary science and astronomy class quiz for certification of completion.
The view from a rover’s eyes, and tips for viewing the night sky
What do professional basketball players have in common with a Mars rover? Plus more news from the adventure of space exploration.
Astronomy for Beginners
An introduction to backyard astronomy for amateur stargazers.
How to Pick the Perfect Beginner Telescope
Picking out your first telescope can be overwhelming. This easy-to-follow guide will help you find an affordable telescope that you'll actually use.
Jupiter from near and far, and two humans return to Earth
This week, learn about the conditions of the early solar system and get ready for next week’s meteor shower, plus more.
Our journey to know the cosmos and our place within it starts right outside our windows, in the night sky. Get weekly sky charts, see upcoming celestial events, and become a better backyard observer.
Your Guide to the 2020 Perseid Meteor Shower
Here's everything you need to know about the annual Perseid Meteor Shower and how to watch it.
Your Guide to NASA's MAVEN mission
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, MAVEN, studies how Mars loses its atmosphere to space. The orbiter also relays communications between surface missions and Earth.
Say hello to Saturn and bon voyage to Perseverance
With 3 spacecraft en route to Mars, we’re sharing mission news, Martian maps, and a chance to meet Bill Nye.
The Cost of Perseverance, in Context
The cost of the Perseverance rover disappears into the noise of U.S. spending and represents a more modest investment than you might think.
Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy Course
Want to take an introductory planetary science and astronomy class? Watch 14 lectures by Planetary Society chief scientist Dr. Bruce Betts recorded for his 2017 Physics 195: Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy course at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Cost of Perseverance
NASA's Perseverance rover is projected to cost $2.7 billion dollars over the course of its 8 years of development and 2 years of its prime mission. This amounts to only 0.008% of all government spending during this period.
Perseverance Rover Scientists Make Plans for Mars
As the launch of NASA's Perseverance rover approaches, scientists for the Mastcam-Z instrument prepare for the rover's science activities.
Your Guide to NASA’s Odyssey Mission
Odyssey monitors Mars’ surface changes and is a critical communications relay between surface spacecraft and Earth.
Planetary Mission Press Kits
Historical list of angency-created press kits for planetary exploration missions.
JPL Universe Archives
The JPL Universe was the employee newsletter of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, published every other Friday. The Planetary Society hosts archive copies from 7 August 1998 to 25 February 2005.
Voyager Mission Status Bulletin Archives
From 1977 to 1990, the Voyager Mission Status Bulletin kept scientists and space enthusiasts informed about the twin Voyager spacecraft through an intermittently printed newsletter that ran to 99 issues. The Planetary Society hosts these original files to preserves the historical record of the Voyager spacecraft.
Galileo Messenger Archive
From 1981 to 1997, the Galileo Messenger newsletter kept team members and space enthusiasts informed about the tortured path of NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter. This archive preserves this important historical resource.
Selected Historical Resources
Historical planetary mission press kits and publications for Galileo and Voyager. Image datasets of outer planet moons from Voyager 2.
Space For Everyone
Show the world you believe in space for everyone.
Missions to Mars, and exoplanets caught on camera
Everything you need to know about two missions en route to Mars and another gearing up for launch, plus the rest of the week’s space news.
Our current advocacy goals, major issues facing NASA, detailed context, and actions you can take to support space exploration in the United States.
Bill Nye presents at-home activities to teach kids about space exploration concepts. Published by The Planetary Society's flagship magazine, The Planetary Report.
Space for Kids
Space exploration resources for kids of all ages.
Perseverance Microphones Fulfill Planetary Society Campaign to Hear Sounds from Mars
The first Mars microphone, sponsored by The Planetary Society, flew aboard NASA's Polar Lander spacecraft, which crashed on the Red Planet in 1999.
The Planetary Society and its members have undertaken dozens of projects over the years in support of advancing space science and exploration.
Opportunities for NASA and the Trump Administration
Official recommendations for the future of NASA under the Trump Administration, delivered during the presidential transition in early 2017.
The Goal is Mars
The Planetary Society strongly supports the human exploration of space. Mars is the goal.
Give a Presentation
Tips and tools to help you give a great presentation about space science and exploration.
LightSail Outreach Toolkit
Equipping you to teach people about solar sailing and The Planetary Society's LightSail program.
Planetary Defense Outreach Toolkit
Equipping you to teach people about near-Earth objects, the threat they pose to life on Earth, and what we can do about it.
Find Your Brick
Search and locate your brick placed at The Planetary Society Headquarters in Pasadena, CA.
Imaging and imagination in space
Learn about The Planetary Society’s vision for the next decade of exploration and get up to speed on space news.
The Day of Action
Be a space advocate. Our annual event in Washington, D.C. puts you face-to-face with your representatives in Congress to advance space science and exploration.
Our Submissions to the Planetary Science Decadal Survey
Advocating for space at every step in the process, The Planetary Society submitted two papers to the forthcoming planetary science decadal survey—one on the search for life and one on the importance of planetary defense.
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