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LightSail is happening, and I'll be your new guide

Jason Davis • June 02, 2014

Today, I'm joining The Planetary Society full-time as a media producer. My first task is to become an embedded reporter for LightSail, the Society's solar sailing spacecraft.

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.

Calling Congress Is Easy

Kirby Runyon • March 21, 2014

Calling your senators and representatives about NASA's budget isn't that bad. In fact, I just took 15 minutes out of my day to do it! If you're not sure what to say to support planetary exploration, I hope you'll be inspired by what I've transcribed from my phone call this afternoon.

Shivering in Paradise: An Alaskan Aurora Adventure

Mat Kaplan • March 14, 2014

Mat Kaplan checks an item off his bucket list: Seeing the aurora in Alaska.

Postcards from Pluto

Amanda Zangari • March 12, 2014

Amanda Zangari shares what it's like to be a scientist on New Horizons, and explains some of the day-to-day workings of the mission behind the scenes.

The new Cosmos: Standing Up in the Milky Way

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2014

My daughters liked the new Cosmos and want to watch next week. I thought it was a successful beginning for a long series, and I think it'll become a weekly viewing event for our family. I hope other families think the same.

Why Cosmos should matter, especially to Hollywood

Taryn O'Neill • March 07, 2014

For a town dependent on Stars, there are far too few people here who look up at the sky. But come this Sunday, March 9, the epic series of science, space and humanity will return: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Why does it matter for Hollywood, specifically? I'll tell you why it will. And then why it should.

Pounding the Pavement in Congress, Together

Casey Dreier • March 01, 2014

A coalition of grassroots pro-space advocates descended on Washington, D.C. this week, and held over 100 meetings with representatives and staff throughout Congress to argue for increased investment in NASA.

Reflecting on NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission, launching today

J. Marshall Shepherd • February 27, 2014

Former deputy project scientist and current science team member J. Marshall Shepherd tells us why missions like NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) are vital to our way of life.

Behind-the-scenes story of Yutu: Promoting space exploration in China

Quanzhi Ye • February 11, 2014

Promoting the story of Yutu to the Chinese public through social media: a successful case of science outreach.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 12: Encyclopedia Galactica

Casey Dreier • February 05, 2014

Cosmos returns in fine form in its penultimate episode. Sagan explores the historical and scientific precedents for the search for extraterrestrial life (SETI) and our human desires to not be alone in the universe.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 11: The Persistence of Memory

Casey Dreier • January 27, 2014

Cosmos stumbles with an episode that is plodding, scattered, and more than a little preachy. This episode will only persist in my memory as a shadow of what could have been.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 10: The Edge of Forever

Casey Dreier • January 21, 2014

Carl Sagan takes us from the birth to the death of the universe. How do we reconcile our place within a universe that will die? Join us for the latest discussion on episode 10 of Cosmos.

2013: An OSIRIS-REx Retrospective

Dante Lauretta • December 31, 2013

2013 is drawing to a close, providing a nice opportunity to reflect on the outgoing year and look back at some of the highlights that we have experienced. Here are my top-20 OSIRIS-REx moments of this past year.

Planetary Radio: Ten Years A Roving: The Mars Exploration Rovers

Mat Kaplan • December 24, 2013

This week's show looks back over ten years of exploration by Spirit and Opportunity. Writer A.J.S. Rayl recounts the challenges encountered early in the mission, and how an outstanding team triumphed.

Conversations with an interplanetary spacecraft: "Hi, Juno!"

Emily Lakdawalla • December 17, 2013

Juno's Earth flyby represented the first opportunity for many of the science instruments to be used on a planetary target. There were terrific photos of Earth and the Moon, plus a cool project to see if Juno could detect intelligent life on Earth.

Op-Ed: The new space race: It's not just the U.S. and Russia anymore

Louis D. Friedman • December 13, 2013

I once argued that the concept of a space race represented old thinking. The modern way forward in space would be through international cooperation and coordination. Today, I think my insistence that the space race was over was naive. There are now many space races.

Comet ISON: Your Half-time Report

Karl Battams • November 26, 2013

I am heading out to Kitt Peak to join my fellow CIOC-ers Matthew and Casey for perihelion observations of Comet ISON, and I find myself having an early moment of reflection.

Call Your Representatives, Save Our Science

Andrew Rivkin • November 22, 2013

I called one of my Senators earlier today. Before that I called my representative. It was pretty easy.

MAVEN Launches!

Tanya Harrison • November 18, 2013

MAVEN launched flawlessly and pretty much exactly on schedule. Congratulations to NASA, the MAVEN team, and United Launch Alliance for a picture perfect launch!

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