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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.

Back to Mercury! Europe and Japan's BepiColombo mission moves closer to launch

Jason Davis • July 14, 2017

Next year, a pair of probes head to Mercury to answer outstanding questions about our innermost planet, as well as the formation of the solar system.

Remembering planetary scientist Michael A’Hearn

William Blume • June 07, 2017

Planetary scientist Michael A’Hearn passed away on Monday, May 29, leaving a remarkable legacy in cometary science—but even more importantly in the careers of many younger scientists who flourished with his encouragement and mentorship.

A Tribute to Nathan Bridges

Casey Dreier and Mark Hilverda • May 03, 2017

Last week, the planetary science community lost Nathan Bridges, a leading scientist whose work studied how wind sculpts the surface of Mars. Nathan was a prolific scientist involved in many Mars exploration missions, a charter member of The Planetary Society, a friend, husband, and father.

Remembering Ewen Whitaker, the "careful and caring" scientist who found Surveyors 1 and 3

Jason Davis • October 21, 2016

Ewen Whitaker was one of the founding members of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, one of the world's first research institutions dedicated to studying the moon and planets.

Lonny Baker: An Appreciation

Tom Kemp • June 01, 2015

Global Volunteer Coordinator Tom Kemp pays a heartfelt tribute to The Planetary Society's first Global Volunteer Leader, Lonny Baker.

Leonard Nimoy: A Science Fan’s Appreciation

Mat Kaplan • February 28, 2015

Mat Kaplan pays a heartfelt tribute to a science fiction icon.

Remembering Charles Townes

Mat Kaplan • January 31, 2015

Mat Kaplan honors the memory of a scientific pioneer.

The Passing of Warren Ashley

Bruce Betts • March 27, 2014

Warren Ashley, pioneer of distance learning at CSUDH, passed away March 21, 2014. His idea led to the partnership between CSUDH and The Planetary Society to produce an online Introductory Astronomy course.

Planetary Radio: Comet ISON, Rest in Pieces

Mat Kaplan • December 10, 2013

Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign is our guest on this week's show. He explains how ISON really did become the comet of the century for scientists.

I Remember Bruce Murray

Mat Kaplan • September 03, 2013

This week's Planetary Radio is a tribute to the Planetary Society's co-founder, Chairman and President. Mat provides a more personal tribute in this blog post.

Bruce Murray: Personal Reflections of a Former Student

Bruce Betts • August 29, 2013

I am saddened by the loss of my professor and mentor, Bruce Murray. I celebrate him here by sharing some personal memories and reflections. There is much to respect, and also much to amuse as we reflect on the life of this great man.

Bruce Murray (1931-2013)

Louis D. Friedman and Charlene Anderson • August 29, 2013

One of the most remarkable minds of 20th century exploration was stilled this morning, August 29, 2013, when Bruce C. Murray died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 81. The Planetary Society owes its existence to Bruce.

In Memoriam: David S. McKay

Bruce Betts • February 21, 2013

NASA planetary scientist David S. McKay has passed away. He had an enormous impact on planetary studies over the course of his career. He also was a co-investigator on The Planetary Society LIFE experiments.

Columbia, ten years on

Emily Lakdawalla • February 01, 2013

Remembering Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon on the tenth anniversary of the loss of the space shuttle Columbia.

A True Pioneer of the Science and Art of Flight

John M. Logsdon • August 27, 2012

Although Neil Armstrong may have passed away, his name will be part of human history forever.

Neil Armstrong changed the world

Bill Nye • August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong changed the world. He was an excellent engineer and an outstanding pilot. He got the assignment to land a completely novel rocket machine on the Earth’s Moon, because he was the perfect man for the job: He could really fly; he had excellent judgment about the capabilities of his ship; and above all, he had a remarkable ability to keep his wits about him in extraordinarily dangerous situations.

Sally Ride, 1951 - 2012

Bill Nye • July 23, 2012

Sally Ride changed the world. We are very sorry to hear of her recent death after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. Dr. Ride was an excellent astronaut, a remarkable educator, and a longtime Planetary Society friend and adviser.

Ray Bradbury, a friend of The Planetary Society

Bill Nye • June 06, 2012

Thank you Ray; you changed the world. At the Planetary Society we will do our best to see to it that your dreams and hopes of exploring the distant regions of the Solar System, Mars especially, and are kept alive.

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Mat Kaplan • June 06, 2012

Mat recalls stories from his many interactions with Ray Bradbury, and provides links to Ray's Planetary Radio episodes.

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