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Here's our rolling list of space things affected by the U.S. government shutdown

Jason Davis and Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2018

The International Space Station stays open for business; everything else is at least somewhat affected.

Space Policy & Advocacy Program Quarterly Report - January 2018

Casey Dreier • January 19, 2018

As a service to our members and to promote transparency, The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye to Attend the State of the Union Address

Casey Dreier • January 18, 2018

When a congressman and current nominee for NASA Administrator asks you to be his guest at the state of the union address in Washington, D.C., how do you respond? For us, the answer was easy. Yes, Bill would be there.

Let's talk about NASA's latest commercial crew delay

Jason Davis • January 17, 2018

SpaceX and Boeing might not be certified to carry astronauts to the International Space Station until 2019 or 2020.

Dawn Journal: 4 Billion Miles

Marc Rayman • January 17, 2018

Permanently in residence at dwarf planet Ceres, Dawn is now preparing to add some finishing touches to its mission.

A new look at Venus with Akatsuki

Damia Bouic • January 16, 2018

Amateur image processor Damia Bouic shares a plethora of stunning new images of Venus captured by a Japanese spacecraft.

HiRISE image coverage of the Curiosity field site on Mars, Version 4.0

Emily Lakdawalla • January 15, 2018

The latest and greatest update of Emily's list of all the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE images that contain Curiosity hardware, tracks, or traverses.

No plumes? No problem. How Europa Clipper will analyze an icy moon's ocean

Jason Davis • January 11, 2018

Europa doesn't have grandiose plumes like Enceladus. So how will the Clipper mission figure out what's in Europa's ocean?

Curiosity update, sols 1814-1926: Vera Rubin Ridge Walkabout

Emily Lakdawalla • January 06, 2018

Curiosity is climbing across the top of Vera Rubin Ridge, spying varicolored rocks. It's getting closer to being ready to drill again, and has performed a wet chemistry experiment for the first time.

Winter 2017/2018 issue of The Planetary Report

Donna Stevens • January 06, 2018

The Winter 2017/2018 issue of The Planetary Report is arriving in Planetary Society members’ mailboxes—but members who like to read their magazine on the screen can pick it up online.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Beats Winter, Wraps 2017, and Heads for 14th Anniversary

A.J.S. Rayl • January 05, 2018

With the Martian winter on the run, Opportunity cruised closer to its 14th anniversary of exploring the Red Planet in December as she deliberated a distinctive “fork in the road” deep in Perseverance Valley and wrapped another record year.

What changed with space directive #1?

Casey Dreier • December 30, 2017

President Trump signed Space Directive #1, formally implementing as policy what Vice President Pence had announced at the first meeting of the National Space Council in October: that NASA will focus its human spaceflight efforts on a return to the Moon, and then onto Mars. What really changed?

Mastcam-Z team blog: Landing sites

Katherine Winchell and Elsa Jensen • December 28, 2017

It takes years to decide where a Mars rover is going to land. Members of NASA's Mars 2020's camera team describe their participation in the process.

What's Up in Solar System Exploration in 2018

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2017

Three launches to the Moon and one each to Mercury and Mars; two arrivals at near-Earth asteroids; and an approach to an encounter with a distant Kuiper belt object are highlights we anticipate in 2018.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Snapshots of Chaos

Adam Block • December 26, 2017

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block brings us stunning images of beautifully chaotic scenes across the universe.

These are a few of our favorite things: Top 2017 planetary stories

Emily Lakdawalla • December 22, 2017

Looking back on 2017, we here at The Planetary Society are proud of what we have accomplished during this orbit of the Sun. Emily Lakdawalla, Jason Davis, Casey Dreier, and Mat Kaplan reflect on the year that was.

Visualize today's solstice with images from Earth-observing satellites

Jason Davis • December 21, 2017

What do the shortest days of the year look like from space?

Downselect: NASA narrows future mission destination to comet 67P or Titan

Jason Davis • December 20, 2017

The winner will be picked in 2019.

#AGU17: Spherical harmonics, gravity, and the depth of winds at Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • December 20, 2017

Results from the Juno gravity science experiment presented at last week's American Geophysical Union meeting suggest Jupiter's winds penetrate only to 3000 kilometers deep.

A closer look at China's audacious Mars sample return plans

Andrew Jones • December 19, 2017

China is making steady progress on a proposed mission to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth in the late 2020s.

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