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Watch LADEE Launch to the Moon with The Planetary Society

Mat Kaplan • September 06, 2013

Starting at 7:30pm PDT/10:30pm EDT, we will webcast a special event around the launch of NASA's next lunar spacecraft. Watch our special coverage with lunar scientists and live video from the launch site, as well as NASA TV footage of the launch itself.

Bill Nye takes to the dance floor

Abigail Fraeman • September 04, 2013

It was announced this morning that Bill will be appearing as a contestant on the American hit show, “Dancing with the Stars”. I am so excited. "How will Bill fare?" you may ask. Consider the following...

One Year on Mars: My Favorite Moments from Planetfest 2012

Casey Dreier • August 06, 2013

It seems like it was just yesterday that 2000 people gathered in the Pasadena Convention Center to celebrate Curiosity's landing on Mars. All of Planetfest 2012 is online for your enjoyment.

Movie SciFi With Real Science? What a Concept!

Mat Kaplan • July 30, 2013

This week's Planetary Radio features the new indy film that relies on the best available science to create a thrilling and inspiring human mission to Jupiter's moon.

The New Cosmos Series Has a Trailer

Casey Dreier • July 21, 2013

The remake of Cosmos, starring Neil deGrasse Tyson and airing on Fox, just released its first teaser trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Return of the Pale Blue Dot

Mat Kaplan • July 18, 2013

You can be part of a planetwide group photo as Cassini and MESSENGER turn their cameras Earthward on July 19.

Woohoo! The LEGO Curiosity rover is going to be a kit!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 18, 2013

The awesome LEGO Curiosity rover designed by Stephen Pakbaz is going to go into production!

Finding faces and animals on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 30, 2013

This week's "lizard" or "rat" on Mars is just the latest of a never-ending stream of so-called discoveries of animate and inanimate objects in images returned from the Red Planet. I challenge you readers to find more such objects in one Curiosity panorama.

Friday fun: Every moon in the solar system in an homage to Tom Lehrer

Emily Lakdawalla • May 24, 2013

A girl named Hope Johnson performing an homage to Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" in song and ukelele, except instead of the elements, she's singing the names of all the named moons in the solar system. Check it out!

Planetary Society Hangout: A Day in the Life of the Opportunity Rover with Emily Dean

Casey Dreier • May 09, 2013

Thursday, May 9th, at noon PDT/3pm EDT/1900h UTC, we are joined by Emily Dean, who works on the camera team for the Opportunity rover on Mars.

We have a winner! The OSIRIS-REx asteroid's name is: Bennu!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2013

We received more than 8000 entries from all over the world in the Name That Asteroid contest, and we can finally announce the winner. The asteroid formerly known as 1999 RQ36 is now formally named (101955) Bennu, for a heron associated with the Egyptian god Osiris.

Awesome interactive solar system exploration history infographic

Emily Lakdawalla • April 25, 2013

Check out this absolutely wonderful infographic, produced by Olaf Frohn, that summarizes the entire history of solar system exploration.

An Amazing Evening for Planetary Defense

Mat Kaplan • April 23, 2013

Bill Nye, Bruce Betts, Mat Kaplan, Meteorite Man Geoffrey Notkin and stars of planetary science at the Planetary Defense Conference public event in Flagstaff.

NASA's Planetary Doublespeak

Casey Dreier • April 11, 2013

NASA went on an unusual tweet-binge praising planetary science today, saying that the struggling division "thrives" and highlighting various missions mainly developed in better times. NASA made five tweets in a row about planetary science over the course of two hours.

Covering the European Geosciences Conference in Vienna

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2013

Live in Vienna? Attending EGU? I'll be covering the conference next week for the Society.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Programming in the Sciences

Casey Dreier • April 03, 2013

Thursday, Apr 4th at noon PDT/1900 UTC we continue our weekly Live Hangouts. Join us this week with Chase Million, founder of Million Concepts, a company devoted to providing high-quality code to scientists.

Robot Shaming

Emily Lakdawalla • April 03, 2013

Some silly fun to brighten your Wednesday.

MarsFest 2013: Mars in the Mojave

Casey Dreier • February 26, 2013

From March 1st - 3rd I'll be representing the Planetary Society at the 2nd annual MarsFest, located in Death Valley National Park.

New Contest: Name the Moons of Pluto!

Emily Lakdawalla • February 11, 2013

The discoverers of Pluto's fourth and fifth moons are inviting the public to vote on (and write in candidates for) their formal names. Voting closes in two weeks.

Tell Us How Planetary Science Is Cheap, Be Entered to Win

Casey Dreier • February 06, 2013

Submit an entry comparing the cost of Planetary Science at NASA to...anything. You'll be entered to win a prize. Exploring the solar system costs less than many people think, let's give everyone food for thought.

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