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Space, Science, and Technology Take Center Stage

Sara Jennings and Hannah Kerner • February 10, 2017

The Science Line—a non-profit working to bridge the gap between science, technology and fashion by inspiring youth through STEM fashion shows, competitions, educational kits and hands-on workshops—hosted the first STEM Fashion Show in partnership with the Challenger Space Center of Arizona.

Winter Solstice: A look at the solar system's north poles

Emily Lakdawalla • December 21, 2016

Today is the solstice, the longest winter night at Earth's north pole, the longest day of summer in the south. To give a little light to northerners in darkness today, please enjoy this gallery of images of (mostly) sunlit north poles across our solar system.

National Selfie Day: Spacecraft self-portraits

Emily Lakdawalla • June 21, 2016

It's apparently National Selfie Day. I'm not entirely sure who has the authority to declare these things, or why they decided we needed a National Selfie Day, but since the self-portrait is one of my favorite subgenres of spacecraft photography, I couldn't resist writing about them.

Data Dump: NASA's Planetary Science Program By the Numbers

Casey Dreier • February 16, 2016

We provide you the gritty budget breakdown by program and mission for NASA's Planetary Science Division.

“Upside Down & Inside Out” - OK Go Makes Art at Zero-G

Erin Greeson • February 12, 2016

OK Go just dropped their most spectacular - and daring - music video yet, “Upside Down & Inside Out.” Filmed in microgravity over many parabolic flights in Russia, “Upside Down & Inside Out” sets a new precedent for what’s possible as artists consider our future in space.

xkcd: Possible Undiscovered Planets

Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2016

Randall Munroe is a genius at disguising seriously educational infographics as funny jokes.

#MarsWalk: 100 km

Merc Boyan • January 06, 2016

Merc Boyan gives us an update on his goal of walking the distance from Viking 2 to Curiosity: 2880 kilometers.

#MarsWalk

Merc Boyan • December 01, 2015

The Planetary Society's Creative Director, Merc Boyan, sets out on a journey to help promote space exploration.

Journey to Space

Andrew Pauly • October 30, 2015

Members of The Planetary Society staff visit the new "Journey to Space" exhibit at the California Science Center in all its wonder.

How do you pronounce "Ryugu?"

Emily Lakdawalla • October 07, 2015

With some help from astronomer Elizabeth Tasker and a group of astronomy graduate students from the University of Hokkaido, I learn how.

The solar system at 1 kilometer per pixel: Can you identify these worlds? The answers

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2015

Last Friday I posted an image containing 18 samples of terrain, all shown at the same scale. Were you able to figure out which square was which? Here are the answers.

The solar system at 1 kilometer per pixel: Can you identify these worlds?

Emily Lakdawalla • September 25, 2015

A look at the surfaces of 18 worlds in our solar system, all at the same scale.

Xtronaut – A New Approach to Education and Public Outreach

Dante Lauretta • September 22, 2015

Historically, NASA missions set aside a portion of their budgets for education and public outreach, or EPO. However, the OSIRIS-REx EPO budget got deleted in 2013 as part of a broader federal policy change. Dante Lauretta decided to make a run at a private company to recover the lost OSIRIS-REx EPO program – and Xtronaut was born!

Aluminum Shapemodel of Comet 67P

Mattias Malmer • September 04, 2015

Mattias Malmer describes his MacGyver-esque process in creating a homemade aluminum version of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Webcomic: Poetry in space

Emily Lakdawalla • August 26, 2015

Take a delightful, pixelated journey with French artist Boulet as he explains his love for the "infinite void" of the "mathematical skies."

[Updated] The United States of Space Advocates

Casey Dreier • August 24, 2015

See which states have the highest number of space advocates writing Congress and the White House to support planetary exploration.

The Planetary Society Visits Camp Imgur

Merc Boyan • August 12, 2015

Last weekend Imgur hosted a weekend camp for their members and invited Merc Boyan to come out and talk about space and The Society!

Name Hayabusa2's asteroid target!

Emily Lakdawalla • July 22, 2015

Have you ever wanted to name an asteroid? JAXA is offering the opportunity to name Hayabusa2's target asteroid, 1999 JU3 to the public through a contest that runs through August 31.

The Mapping of Pluto Begins Today

Mark Showalter • March 20, 2015

When New Horizons flies past Pluto in July, we will see a new, alien landscape in stark detail. At that point, we will have a lot to talk about. The only way we can talk about it is if those features, whatever they turn out to be, have names.

Launch Pad Animals, Ranked

Jason Davis • March 19, 2015

A semi-authoritative ranking of creatures that co-inhabit rocket launch sites around the world.

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