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Some Pictures from President Obama's Florida Space Conference

Emily Lakdawalla • April 15, 2010

Bill Nye, Jim Bell, Scott Hubbard, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Elon Musk, and Lou Friedman -- all members of The Planetary Society's Board of Directors -- attended President Obama's Space Conference at the Kennedy Space Center today.

Updates on Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

Bruce Betts • March 18, 2010

Our past Shoemaker NEO grant recipients have once again shown themselves to be a hardworking and enterprising group.

Propose for a Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grant

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2010

Are you a serious amateur astronomer who enjoys the challenge of following up on the discoveries of faint near-Earth objects?

Stephen Hawking Receives Cosmos Award

Louis D. Friedman • March 07, 2010

The Planetary Society presented the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science to Stephen Hawking in Cambridge England on February 27.

Visitor from JAXA Stops at Planetary Society

Forest Purnell • January 29, 2010

The Planetary Society regularly hosts interns and visiting scientists and engineers from world space agencies. Recently, we've had the pleasure of working with JAXA's Toshiaki Takemae.

Countdown to the Budget...

Louis D. Friedman • January 28, 2010

The world's space community -- and the public -- is awaiting the Obama Administration's new plan for human and robotic space flight. We expect the plan will be unveiled as part of the formal submission to Congress of the Administration's proposed budget for the Federal Government.

Celebrate exploration with Stephen Hawking and Buzz Aldrin!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 23, 2009

The Planetary Society is hosting a luncheon on January 23, 2010 that will celebrate the achievements of two renowned heroes of space exploration, physicist Stephen Hawking and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

What Will Be the Top Space Story in 2010?

Susan Lendroth • December 22, 2009

What do you think will be the top trend in space in 2010? In his Cosmic Log on MSNBC, Alan Boyle suggests that The Planetary Society's solar sailing project may be a contender.

Send Your Name to Venus, now with a certificate!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2009

I wrote a few weeks ago about a new Send Your Name to Venus campaign conducted by the Akatsuki mission. Now The Planetary Society has arranged with JAXA to collect names and messages on our website.

FINDS Exo-Earths Starts Up: Testing the Prototype

Debra Fischer • October 30, 2009

The prototype that Julien constructed in the lab was taken to Lick Observatory, and we had our first-light run with the fiber in July.

Optical SETI's Growing Capabilities

Paul Horowitz • October 28, 2009

Often, the phrase “next steps” has been known to describe things that don't actually happen. But for The Planetary Society's All-sky Optical SETI, it's different. Here's what's happened in the last year.

Last Chance for Bargains at The Planetary Society Store

Emily Lakdawalla • October 22, 2009

We are preparing to have a brand new online store with new and different merchandise; to that end, we are clearing out EVERY LAST BIT of our old store inventory.

Astropulse: A Fresh Look at the Skies in Search of E.T.

Amir Alexander • August 27, 2009

If you were a member of an alien civilization trying to communicate across the immeasurable distances of space, how would you go about it?

Canto IV: A Cog in the Wheel, a New Star in the Sky

David Seal • June 06, 2009

David Seal talks about his experience working with Kevin Beurle.

SERENDIP Takes a Great Leap Forward

Amir Alexander • May 26, 2009

Just when SETI@home is celebrating its 10th anniversary, its older brother, Project SERENDIP, is getting a general makeover.

Fly me to the Moon...

Jim Bell • May 04, 2009

Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.

Updates on the 2007 Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

Bruce Betts • April 27, 2009

Our 2007 Shoemaker NEO Grant winners have been extremely busy over the past two years. Take for example Quanzhi Ye of Guangzhou, China: He was only 18 when he received the award but already the principal investigator of the sky survey at the Lulin Observatory in Taiwan.

Solar Sail Update: New Opportunities

Bruce Betts • April 01, 2009

At the beginning of this decade, we designed a mission to accomplish this goal. We launched Cosmos 1 in June 2005, but the Volna rocket that was to place the spacecraft in orbit failed, and we were never able to test our solar sail in flight. These days, The Planetary Society is working with colleagues at NASA and at the Russian Space Research Institute to put together a new solar sail mission.

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