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Fall 2017 issue of The Planetary Report now available

Donna Stevens • September 27, 2017

The Fall 2017 issue of The Planetary Report is in the mail and available online now to our members!

Review: 'Discovery' is a bold, new addition to the Star Trek franchise

Jason Davis • September 25, 2017

In a review of Star Trek: Discovery, Jason Davis says he expected Discovery to be a cross between Enterprise and the new reboot movies. Instead, the show turned out to be something else entirely.

NASA, international partners consider solar sail for Deep Space Gateway

Anatoly Zak • September 25, 2017

A Canadian Space Agency proposal would install a solar sail on the outside of the Deep Space Gateway, a miniature space station in lunar orbit.

An honor from The Open University

Emily Lakdawalla • September 22, 2017

Today in London, Emily Lakdawalla was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University by The Open University.

Meet two astronaut candidates who can help NASA do science on other worlds

Jason Davis • September 21, 2017

Two of NASA's new astronaut candidates are particularly suited to conduct scientific research on other worlds: Zena Cardman, a geobiologist, and Jessica Watkins, a geologist.

In Appreciation of Kim Poor

Donna Stevens • September 20, 2017

We at The Planetary Society are saddened to hear about the recent passing of veteran space artist Kim Poor.

How did China decide where to land its upcoming Moon missions?

Phil Stooke • September 20, 2017

How were the Chang'e 5 and 4 landing sites chosen? Space exploration historian Phil Stooke explains.

OSIRIS-REx Earth flyby: What to Expect

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2017

OSIRIS-REx launched on September 8, 2016. Now, a year later, it's returning to its home to get a second boost on to its destination, the asteroid Bennu. It'll test all its cameras on Earth and the Moon in the 10 days after the flyby.

Cassini: The dying of the light

Emily Lakdawalla • September 15, 2017

Cassini is no more. At 10:31 according to its own clock, its thrusters could no longer hold its radio antenna pointed at Earth, and it turned away. A minute later, it vaporized in Saturn’s atmosphere. Its atoms are part of Saturn now.

Curiosity update, sols 1726-1813: Surveying Vera Rubin Ridge from below

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2017

Curiosity had a productive three months driving along the front of Vera Rubin Ridge, gathering photos and data with its arm instruments, finally driving up on to the ridge on sol 1809.

And then there was one

Jason Davis • September 11, 2017

The end of the Cassini mission is a harbinger for a looming gap in outer planets exploration missions.

What to expect during Cassini's final hours

Emily Lakdawalla • September 11, 2017

A timeline of what to expect from the great mission during its final hours.

Voyager 40th Anniversary: Summer of '79

Paul Schenk • September 08, 2017

Planetary scientist Paul Schenk shares his story of working on the Voyager missions as a JPL intern back in 1979.

Upward bound: Canada's Space Advisory Board provides its recommendations

Kate Howells • September 08, 2017

Canada's Space Advisory Board has provided a clear set of recommendations to advance the country's space program, and The Planetary Society is proud to have played a role in the process.

Curiosity's balky drill: The problem and solutions

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2017

Since December 1, 2016, Curiosity has been unable to drill into rocks because of a serious problem with one of the drill's motors. Emily Lakdawalla thoroughly explains the issues and the path forward for Curiosity.

Planetary Society hosts space policy reception at Australian Embassy

Matt Renninger • September 06, 2017

This year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is being held in Adelaide, Australia. Thanks to the generous support of our members, The Society’s advocacy and outreach capability is rapidly expanding, and we decided to step up our IAC advocacy this year.

Voyager 40th anniversary: Reflecting on the pale blue dot

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2017

Today is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1. Four decades later, both spacecraft survive, still producing science, still working on their interstellar missions. On the occasion of the anniversary, we revisit Carl Sagan's reflections on the significance of the Voyager missions.

Your guide to Jim Bridenstine, the new nominee for NASA administrator

Jason Davis • September 01, 2017

The White House announced it will nominate Jim Bridenstine to become NASA's next administrator.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Ventures Deeper into Perseverance

A.J.S. Rayl • September 01, 2017

Along the western rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity forged onward in August vicariously taking the Mars Exploration Rovers team – along with a global contingent of mission observers all around Earth – downhill into Perseverance Valley and deeper into a new chapter in this legendary expedition of the Red Planet.

Book Update: The Design and Engineering of Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 01, 2017

Emily Lakdawalla's first book is now available for pre-order.

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