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Moon Monday: Tethys from Voyager

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2018

To start the week, Voyager 2's best image of Tethys.

Announcing the 2018 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners

Bruce Betts • March 12, 2018

Seven very advanced amateur astronomers will help find, track, and characterize near Earth asteroids.

If you come at the Space Launch System, you best not miss

Jason Davis • March 09, 2018

Getting NASA out of the rocket business is more complicated than you think.

Throwback Thursday Funpost! A spacewalk in deep space

Jason Davis • March 08, 2018

Only three humans have ever been on a spacewalk in the void between the Earth and Moon.

Image processing trick: How to open PDS-formatted images in Photoshop

Emily Lakdawalla • March 07, 2018

Emily explains to amateur image processors how to open archival NASA science data directly in Photoshop without needing to use any other software tools.

InSight delivered to Vandenberg launch site

Emily Lakdawalla • March 06, 2018

InSight, NASA's next Mars mission, has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in preparation for a May 5 launch.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs 5000th Day, Snaps Selfie, and Roves On

A.J.S. Rayl • March 05, 2018

When Opportunity’s 5000th day dawned in February, it was a meaningful milestone for the team, and it led to a personal first for the veteran robot field geologist that has chalked up so many firsts she’s set the standard for Mars rovers.

What does the 2018 Canadian federal budget mean for space?

Kate Howells • March 05, 2018

After more than a year of high hopes, there is no daring new vision for Canada in space.

LightSail 2 launch update

Jason Davis • March 02, 2018

The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat is scheduled to head to space during a 60-day period starting on June 13.

Sketching a science meeting

Emily Lakdawalla • March 02, 2018

The Planetary Society has always enjoyed the connections between science and art, so when I saw Leila Qışın's sketches pop up on her Twitter feed during the recent New Horizons team meeting, I knew I had to share them with you.

Hayabusa2 has detected Ryugu!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 01, 2018

In a milestone for the mission, JAXA's Hayabusa2 sample return spacecraft has sighted its destination, asteroid Ryugu.

NASA has a Moon landing plan—sort of

Jason Davis • March 01, 2018

It's a gradual, stepped approach, envisioning human spaceflight, planetary science, and commercial partners all working together.

Luciana, Chilean-American Girl of the Year: Inspire the future with role models from the world's global south

Bárbara Núñez • February 28, 2018

Inspired by the American Girl company's choice of a Chilean-American space fan girl named Luciana for 2018's Girl of the Year, Bárbara Núñez invites you to meet some real-life Chilean woman scientist role models!

Yoshihide Kozai (1928 - 2018)

Konstantin Batygin • February 27, 2018

Caltech planetary scientist Konstantin Batygin pays tribute to a pioneer in celestial mechanics.

Some snark (and details!) about NASA's proposed lunar space station

Jason Davis • February 26, 2018

So long, Deep Space Gateway. You've been replaced with the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

Go for GOLD, SES-14!

Heather Hunter • February 22, 2018

While we can measure properties of these upper layers using ground-based instruments, satellite-borne remote sensing instruments can give us a more frequent, global, and often higher spatial resolution perspective. And that is precisely what NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission will deliver.

Curiosity update, sols 1927-1971: Ready to resume drilling

Emily Lakdawalla • February 21, 2018

After a hiatus of nearly 500 sols, Curiosity is ready to attempt drilling into a Mars rock again.

Goodbye, ISS. Hello, private space stations?

Jason Davis • February 20, 2018

The International Space Station may go away in 2025. Will private space stations be ready to fill the gap?

Opportunity's sol 5000 self-portrait

Emily Lakdawalla • February 20, 2018

Last week the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity celebrated its 5000th sol on Mars, and it celebrated by taking the first complete Mars Exploration Rover self-portrait.

An Interplanetary Mateship: The Planetary Society Continues our Australian Initiative

Casey Dreier • February 19, 2018

Thanks to recent investments by our members in The Planetary Society’s Space Policy & Advocacy program, we now have the resources to institute a strategic effort to support the exploration of space in an international context.

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