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Voyager 40th anniversary: Revisiting the Voyagers' planetary views

Björn Jónsson • August 30, 2017

Björn Jónsson argues that even now, 40 years after Voyager 1 and 2 were launched, a lot of the data they returned is still of high interest.

NASA considers kicking Mars sample return into high gear

Jason Davis • August 28, 2017

Thus far, no plan has solidified on how to get soil and rock samples from the upcoming Mars 2020 rover back to Earth. That is starting to change.

Voyager 40th Anniversary: Watching an Alien World Turn

Ian Regan • August 28, 2017

In 1979, both Voyager missions captured thousands of photos of Jupiter as frames of movies of the giant planet spinning among its moons. In honor of the mission's 40th launch anniversary, Ian Regan has reprocessed the data to produce stunning new movies.

Voyager 40th anniversary: The Planetary Report's chronicles

Emily Lakdawalla • August 25, 2017

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions, we're making publicly available seven back issues of The Planetary Report that chronicled the grand tour of the giant planets.

Chasing the total solar eclipse at 38,000 feet

Tanya Harrison • August 24, 2017

Where did you venture to view the Great American Eclipse? About 100 people were lucky enough to make the trip of a lifetime for it: 38,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

Voyager 40th anniversary: The transformation of the solar system

Ted Stryk • August 23, 2017

The Voyager missions transformed most of the large worlds of the solar system from points of light into places to be explored.

A good time for solar sailing: LightSail 2 finds itself among friends

Jason Davis • August 23, 2017

Is the quest for flight by light approaching a tipping point? Representatives from the NEA Scout, CubeSail and StarChip missions discuss how their spacecraft are advancing the art of solar sailing.

NASA experiments will watch eclipse's effect on atmosphere

Heather Hunter • August 18, 2017

The upcoming solar eclipse isn’t just about watching the Moon block out the Sun. A suite of NASA-funded science experiments will to study the unseen effects of the eclipse on Earth's atmosphere.

Celebrating the 40th anniversaries of the Voyager launches

Emily Lakdawalla • August 17, 2017

Sunday, August 20 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Tuesday, September 5, will be the 40th anniversary for Voyager 1. Throughout the next three weeks, we'll be posting new and classic material in honor of the Voyagers. Here's a preview.

Could the total solar eclipse reveal a comet?

Karl Battams • August 16, 2017

Next week's solar eclipse will reveal the Sun's corona, nearby bright planets and stars, and, if we get extremely lucky, a comet!

A dispatch from the path of totality: the 2017 solar eclipse in Ravenna, Nebraska

Shane Pekny • August 15, 2017

Ravenna, population 1,400, sits on the plains of central Nebraska, and almost on the center line of the path of totality for the upcoming Great American Eclipse. Nebraska native Shane Pekny reports on how this small town is preparing for the big event.

Bill Nye's top eclipse tip: Protect your eyes

Bill Nye • August 15, 2017

Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, has some suggestions for staying safe during next week's solar eclipse.

Book Review: Sun Moon Earth

Merc Boyan • August 14, 2017

With the North American Total Solar Eclipse coming on August 21, people across the continent are getting eclipse mania! Astronomer Tyler Nordgren has written a detailed book on eclipses with a special focus on the August 21st event.

Function over form: NASA's Space Launch System gets a new paint job

Jason Davis • August 11, 2017

Last week, NASA revealed an updated design for the Space Launch System, featuring black-and-white checkerboards streaking down each of the vehicle's solid rocket boosters.

Here's what we know about the 12 proposals for NASA's next New Frontiers mission

Van Kane • August 10, 2017

NASA officials are in the process of selecting the agency’s next planetary science mission from a field of 12 competitors.

A space advocate on Capitol Hill: Planetary Society intern shares story

Aaron Campbell • August 08, 2017

Planetary Society intern Aaron Campbell recaps his experience working on Capitol Hill over the course of two summers.

Five Earth Years on Mars

Casey Dreier • August 05, 2017

Five (Earth) years ago today, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity landed in a dramatic fashion on the surface of the Red Planet. We look back at a mission that advanced humanity's understanding of Mars and provided a priceless return on a modest investment.

From space plane to sky crane: How part of a space shuttle landed a rover on Mars

Robert Pearlman • August 05, 2017

Did you know that hardware from one of NASA's retired space shuttle orbiters played a critical role in the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars five years ago?

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Enters Perseverance Valley, Settles in for Solar Conjunction

A.J.S. Rayl • August 01, 2017

After struggling to get her left front wheel unstuck in June, Opportunity quickly adapted to a new driving strategy and unabashedly cruised into Perseverance Valley in July.

The Senate Makes Its Move: Nearly $200M less for NASA in 2018

Casey Dreier • July 28, 2017

The proposed $19.5 billion would be less than the agency received in 2017, and substantially less than that proposed by the House for the coming year.

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