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The latest issue of Planetary Report is available online!

Posted by Donna Stevens

17-11-2012 17:57 CST

Topics: The Planetary Report

The September Solstice 2012 issue of The Planetary Report is now available online for members who prefer to get their magazine electronically.

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I’m especially proud of this issue because of its broad scope. It celebrates our past and peers into our future as a spacefaring species.  On page 13, our main feature, “Why We Explore” by Paul Schenk of Houston’s Lunar and Planetary Institute, describes the early days of planetary exploration. It shows some of the ways our spacecraft explorers have revealed the solar system to us since the launch of Mariner 2, half a century ago. Now, 50 years later, the most advanced spacecraft laboratory ever built roves Mars, providing new insight into the history of water and, possibly, life on the Red Planet. On page 6, Bruce Betts recaps Curiosity’s landing and early days on Mars.

What's more, the issue contains many and varied examples—described in our columns and short features—of how we involve our members in space exploration, from influencing the future of NASA to helping support scientific searches for potentially hazardous asteroids or looking for extraterrestrial signals.  Last but not least,  there’s fun: a look at Planetfest, the giant party we threw to celebrate Curiosity’s landing; an opportunity for you to name an asteroid; and good times for young readers with the cool experiment, word puzzle, and “Did you know that” facts of our Planetary Kids section.

For our cover, we chose this black and white picture that Curiosity took of itself because it’s just plain awesome, then we polished it the print version with silver ink to make it even more so.  

For those of you who aren’t members, if you want to have your own print copy of this issue as a free bonus—along with four more issues of The Planetary Report—sign up for a year’s membership.  We’ll send your September issue to you right away. 

Our Planetary Kids insert is available to all space fans, thanks to the Clarence Foster Stanback Donor Advised Fund of Foundation for the Carolinas.

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Patrick Wiggins: 11/17/2012 10:11 CST

Thank you for making TPR available as a download. Now TPR is handily residing on my iPad. But a request if I might. Perhaps somewhere down the road you could make TPR show up on the iPad's Newsstand app, much like Sky & Telescope and many other currently do rather than as a stand alone PDF. Thanks again, Patrick Wiggins Member since 1980

Casey Dreier (TPS): 11/19/2012 11:14 CST

@Patrick: That's a good idea, but it would require us to develop an iPad app that integrates with Newsstand. That would take some work on our part, but it's definitely been discussed. We'll keep you posted on any decisions down the road.

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