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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.

Send your name to Venus with Venus Climate Orbiter (PLANET-C), now known as Akatsuki

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2009

The Japanese space agency's science missions have an abundance of names. They start out with a programmatic name, like MUSES-A, PLANET-A, etc. -- which might be like calling NEAR "Discovery-A" and Mars Pathfinder "Discovery-B" and so on.

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?

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.

More from the Planetary Defense Conference: Shoemaker Grant Winners

Bruce Betts • April 27, 2009

More from the Planetary Defense Conference: Shoemaker Grant Winners

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.

Quake Catcher Network: SETI@home Spinoff Tracks Earth-Shakers

Amir Alexander • September 28, 2008

One of the youngest off-springs of SETI@home has been getting a great deal of attention recently. Known as the Quake-Catcher Network (QCN), this distributed computing project makes use of thousands of volunteers' computers to locate and track earthquakes.

New Developments on the Road to Cosmos 2

Louis D. Friedman • June 23, 2008

The Planetary Society and Cosmos Studios remain committed to flying the first flight with light. Our spacecraft, Cosmos 2, is a maneuverable solar sail that may be the precursor to a new mode of interplanetary travel, and could one day take us to the stars.

Phoenix Sol 2 press conference, in a nutshell

Emily Lakdawalla • May 27, 2008

Emily hits the high points of today's press conference.

Mars Climate Sounder Collects 20 Millionth Sounding

Bruce Betts • March 10, 2008

Last week Mars Climate Sounder collected its 20 millionth sounding at Mars. Mars Climate Sounder is scanning without problems, collecting science observations of the atmosphere of Mars. Mars Climate Sounder has now been observing Mars for over 17 months (three quarters of a Mars year and also approximately three quarters of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter primary science mission).

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