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Radio Problems Scrub LightSail's Day-in-the-Life Test

Jason Davis • August 22, 2014

A pesky radio problem that has occasionally stymied LightSail has returned, scrubbing the mission's day-in-the-life test.

Stardust@home Finds Some Stardust

Amir Alexander • August 21, 2014

What’s new at Stardust@home, the groundbreaking program that asked volunteers to help find interstellar dust particles collected by the spacecraft Stardust.

Interstellar Dust Grains Found by Stardust@home

Bruce Betts • August 15, 2014

Seven possible interstellar dust grains have been found by Stardust@home, a citizen scientist project that The Planetary Society helped out early on. The dust grains would be the first ever examples of contemporary interstellar dust.

LightSail Prepares for Its Day-in-the-Life Test

Jason Davis • August 12, 2014

LightSail-A's radio system has been fixed, and the spacecraft is now preparing for its August 20 day-in-the-life test.

Watch a Recap of LightSail's Live LightSail Launch Announcement

Jason Davis • August 07, 2014

Watch a recap of The Planetary Society's live LightSail Launch Announcement, which took place July 9 at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum.

Planetary Society Selected as Mars 2020 Camera Partner

Bruce Betts • July 31, 2014

The Planetary Society has been selected as an education outreach partner on the just-selected NASA Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z instrument, led by Jim Bell, Planetary Society Board president and Arizona State University professor.

LightSail 1 Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What?

Jason Davis • July 23, 2014

LightSail 1's blown radio amplifier doesn't affect the 2016 SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission, but it adds an unwelcome obstacle to the 2015 test mission's ever-shortening timetable.

LightSail update: Launch dates

Jason Davis • July 09, 2014

I’m excited to report some big news on The Planetary Society’s LightSail project: actual launch dates on actual launch vehicles!

LightSail update: Of booms and pretty pictures

Jason Davis • July 01, 2014

The latest series of LightSail boom deployment tests went smoothly, paving the way for a full system test later in July.

LightSail is Ready for Launch! Join Us as the Countdown Begins

Jennifer Vaughn • June 27, 2014

We hope you can be with us as we make a major announcement about our solar sail spacecraft, LightSail 1.

NASA selects Planetary Society LIFE Proposal

Bruce Betts • June 19, 2014

NASA has selected a Planetary Society proposal to study accommodation of the Society’s LIFE (Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment) biomodule on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).

LightSail update: Three steps forward, one step back

Jason Davis • June 18, 2014

The LightSail team has found potential workarounds to solve the spacecraft’s boom deployment problems, but more analysis lies ahead.

LightSail Update: Boom Deployment Diagnosis Continues

Jason Davis • June 11, 2014

The LightSail team continues to investigate problems with the spacecraft’s boom deployment system that postponed a flight system test earlier this month.

LightSail update: Flight system test delayed

Jason Davis • June 04, 2014

LightSail's flight system test has been delayed pending resolution of problems that cropped up during deployment of the spacecraft’s solar sail booms.

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.

An Update on Advocacy Fundraising

Casey Dreier • May 13, 2014

Last month, we asked our supporters to help us raise at least $125,000 to support our advocacy program that works to fund planetary exploration and NASA. We've raised nearly $100,000, but need help reaching our stretch goal.

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 13: Galaxies, the Universe, Life

Bruce Betts • May 08, 2014

Discover the Universe including the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, galaxies, life and more in this video of class 13 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

Asteroid Workshop Streamed Public Lectures This Week

Bruce Betts • May 05, 2014

There is an asteroid threat and space debris workshop in Scotland this week that Planetary Society support helped lead to, and that will include two public lectures you can tune into live.

Swirly PlanetVac

Bruce Betts • May 01, 2014

There are swirly indications from a study of how to optimize the lander pad portion of the Planetary Society/Honeybee Robotics PlanetVac planetary surface sampling system.

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 12: The Sun and Stars

Bruce Betts • May 01, 2014

Explore the physical characteristics and inner workings of the Sun and then learn all about Stars and Stellar Evolution in this video of class 12 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

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