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FINDS: One Step Closer to Faraway Earths

Amir Alexander • April 01, 2011

Amir Alexander explains more about the FINDS Exo-Earths project and how it will help planet hunters detect distant Earths in the depths of space.

Phobos LIFE gets a ride on Endeavour as Shuttle LIFE!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 25, 2011

The Planetary Society is contributing this thing called the Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment (LIFE) to Russia's Phobos sample return mission -- it's basically a sealed puck with dormant microbes inside that'll fly to Mars and back in the return capsule, and biologists will take a look to see what damage the little bugs suffered during their space journey.

Testing Sail Deployment

Louis D. Friedman • March 06, 2011

The first full scale deployment of the Planetary Society's LightSail 1 solar sail was conducted on March 4, 2011 at Stellar Exploration in San Luis Obispo, California.

LightSail 1 on NASA Short List for Upcoming Launch

Bruce Betts • February 09, 2011

NASA announced that the Planetary Society’s LightSail 1 solar sail mission is on their short list for upcoming launch opportunities. The missions selected are CubeSats destined for piggyback launches as part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.

Nanosail-D released into space

Louis D. Friedman • January 21, 2011

NASA's Nanosail-D spacecraft surprised everyone, including its controllers, by suddenly deploying from its parent FASTSAT spacecraft and beginning its mission in space.

Arsenic and Deep Space?

Bill Nye • December 02, 2010

If you or I ingest arsenic, well...it doesn't go so well. If you are, on the other hand, a certain species of bacterium from Mono Lake, California, ingesting this seemingly toxic metal is simple enough.

NASA's Nanosail to Fly this Week

Louis D. Friedman • November 18, 2010

NASA's Nanosail-D, an innovative development by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight and Ames Research Centers, is scheduled to launch on Friday -- and we wish them well.

Timeline for the Phobos Sample Return Mission (Phobos Grunt)

Louis D. Friedman • October 27, 2010

In mid-October, I attended the First Moscow Solar System Symposium. Its focus was mostly on Phobos science and plans for next year's launch of the Phobos Sample Return Mission (also known as Phobos-Grunt), on which The Planetary Society will be flying the Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment.

A Marathon Day Two at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Susan Lendroth • October 24, 2010

Day Two of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and it started with a game of "dodge the marathoners."

Lightsail 1 Lands on National Mall

Susan Lendroth • October 23, 2010

The Planetary Society showcased our solar sail mission, Lightsail 1, at day one of the USA Science & Engineering Festival on Washington DC's National Mall.

Getting ready for the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Susan Lendroth • October 22, 2010

The Planetary Society booth is ready to go for the USA Science & Engineering Festival being held this weekend on the National Mall in Washington DC.

Crack the code for a message from Mars, redux

Emily Lakdawalla • October 14, 2010

Waaaay back when Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars in January 2004, the Planetary Society helped the public participate in the missions with a number of projects, including one where we printed "secret codes" around the edges of the two names-bearing DVDs that were bolted to the Mars Exploration Rover landers.

LightSail Update: The International Solar Sailing Symposium

Louis D. Friedman • October 01, 2010

Japan's IKAROS team stole the show at the International Solar Sailing Symposium in New York City, where they announced that their spacecraft had achieved controlled solar sail flight.

Mars Climate Sounder Watches Mars Weather to Prepare for Curiosity Landing

Emily Lakdawalla • September 30, 2010

I just posted the following update to the Mars Climate Sounder Team Website. I didn't realize until this message came in to my inbox that it is now one Mars year before Curiosity lands. Tick, tick, tick...

Bill Nye Connects with Space People at IAC

Susan Lendroth • September 30, 2010

The 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is being held in Prague in the Czech Republic, and Bill Nye is attending on behalf of the Planetary Society.

Mars Climate Sounder Watches Mars Weather to Prepare for Curiosity Landing

David Kass • September 29, 2010

Two weeks ago Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) started a four-week campaign to support entry, descent, and landing phase for the next Mars rover, Mars Science Laboratory (or "Curiosity").

Update from the [email protected] Workshop

Jon Lomberg • September 16, 2010

Frank Drake used the 85' radio telescope at Green Bank to conduct the first modern Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in 1960. Using a very simple receiver and no computers, he listened to each of two sunlike stars for 100 seconds. Call that unit 1 Ozma.

More from the [email protected] Workshop

Jon Lomberg • September 14, 2010

Today's sessions at the [email protected] conference stretched the mind as these multidisciplinary gatherings usually do.

Report from SETI workshop marking 50 years since Project Ozma

Jon Lomberg • September 12, 2010

Jon Lomberg repots from NRAO--the National Radio Astronomy Observatory-- in Greenbank, West Virginia on a SETI workshop marking the 50th anniversary of Project Ozma.

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