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An exoplanet-hunting space telescope turns and takes a photo of Earth

James Davenport • December 08, 2017

On December 10, Kepler—NASA’s prized exoplanet discovery telescope—will finally turn back and take a picture of the Earth.

The case for Venus

Jason Davis • December 08, 2017 • 8

NASA is about to pick finalists for its next New Frontiers mission. Will Venus make the cut?

South Korea's first lunar mission planned for 2020

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2017

South Korea's first mission to the Moon, the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter KPLO, is now planned for launch in December 2020.

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Kate Howells • December 05, 2017

December 5th is International Volunteer Day, and The Planetary Society has many reasons to celebrate...3,652, to be exact!

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Returns Fundamental Finding in Perseverance, Cruises Through Winter Solstice

A.J.S. Rayl • December 01, 2017 • 1

Opportunity continued the historic winter science campaign inside Perseverance Valley and delivered the goods that confirmed an important discovery in November, and then cruised through winter solstice, driving the mission closer to its 14th anniversary of surface operations coming up in January.

India's Chandrayaan-2 mission preparing for March 2018 launch

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2017 • 4

India plans a return to the Moon with an orbiter, lander, and rover on the Chandrayaan-2 mission.

Clipper Slipper

Jason Davis • November 28, 2017 • 7

Will NASA's Space Launch System be ready to launch a Europa mission in 2022?

How far they'll go: Moana shows the power of Polynesian celestial navigation

Duane W. Hamacher and Carla Bento Guedes • November 21, 2017

The Polynesian peoples' astronomical knowledge helped them colonize the vast Pacific Ocean.

Emily's recommended space books for kids of all ages, 2017

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2017 • 1

Welcome to my ninth annual recommendations and gift guide to books about space, planets, and astronauts for kids of all ages!

This newly discovered Earth-sized planet could harbor life

Jason Davis • November 15, 2017 • 3

And it's only 11 light-years away.

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