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A second successful medium-altitude operation for Hayabusa2

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2018

For the second time, JAXA navigators have zoomed their cameras and other instruments in on asteroid Ryugu. The August 1 operation was quicker than the previous one, requiring only 26 hours for the descent, science, and ascent.

NASA names crews and dates for first U.S. commercial missions

Jason Davis • August 03, 2018

Four NASA astronauts and one commercial employee are expected to launch aboard SpaceX and Boeing-operated vehicles in 2019.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Dust Storm Wanes, Opportunity Sleeps, Team Prepares Recovery Strategy

A.J.S. Rayl • August 01, 2018

As Opportunity slept in Perseverance Valley under the thick cloud of dust that has blanketed the Red Planet for the last six weeks, scientists who are studying the monster storm that forced the robot field geologist into its hibernation mode are now reporting the tempest has peaked.

Planetary Society Volunteers are Candles in the Dark

Kate Howells • July 31, 2018

After a bewildering day at AlienCon, a New York Times reporter found hope at The Planetary Society, courtesy of volunteer Sean Marquez.

Curiosity's organics on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2018

What does it mean that the Mars rover Curiosity found organics in Martian rocks? Emily Lakdawalla translates the science.

LightSail 2 team completes key mission review and dress rehearsal

Jason Davis • July 26, 2018

The LightSail 2 team gathered in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a Mission Readiness Review (MRR) and Operational Readiness Test (ORT).

Liquid Water on Mars! Really for Real This Time (Probably)

Emily Lakdawalla • July 25, 2018

A radar instrument on one of the oldest operational Mars orbiters has discovered possible evidence of present-day liquid water on Mars.

Hayabusa2 descends from Home Position to take its first close look at Ryugu

Emily Lakdawalla • July 25, 2018

Last week, Hayabusa2 approached to within 6000 meters of the surface of Ryugu, taking new photos. The team has developed a set of terminology to describe Hayabusa2's navigational positions around the asteroid.

Planetary Society asteroid hunters help find rare type of double asteroid

Jason Davis • July 24, 2018

A global team of astronomers has found a rare type of asteroid, where two equal-mass objects circle each other in a never-ending dance as they hurtle through the solar system.

Hello from the new editor of The Planetary Report

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2018

I'm honored to be the new editor of The Planetary Society's flagship magazine, The Planetary Report.

See Mars at its closest in 15 years—and maybe a lunar eclipse

Bruce Betts • July 23, 2018

Later this week, Mars will be closer and brighter than it has been since 2003. And about half the Earth will see a lunar eclipse!

The June solstice issue of The Planetary Report has arrived

Donna Stevens • July 20, 2018

The June solstice 2018 issue of The Planetary Report is about to mail and will arrive at Planetary Society members’ homes within days. Members who want to read it sooner can access the magazine online.

Boldly advocating for more space science

Robert Picardo • July 20, 2018

Board member Robert Picardo burns some shoe leather on Capitol Hill with our advocacy team.

How the Apollo missions transformed our understanding of the Moon’s origin

Jatan Mehta • July 19, 2018

Where did the Moon come from? The origin of our cosmic neighbor is a fundamental question in planetary science.

Dawn Journal: Going Out on a High...Or Maybe a Low

Marc Rayman • July 18, 2018

Rapidly nearing the end of a unique decade-long interplanetary expedition, Dawn is taking phenomenal pictures of dwarf planet Ceres as it swoops closer to the ground than ever before.

How India built NavIC, the country's own GPS network

Gurbir Singh • July 17, 2018

The country's satellite navigation system faced a long and difficult road, but it's finally operational.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: The Cosmic Ocean

Adam Block • July 16, 2018

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his most recent images of our amazing and beautiful universe.

NEA Scout unfurls solar sail for full-scale test

Jason Davis • July 13, 2018

The next time its solar sail is deployed, NEA Scout will be out near the Moon.

Generation Zero of JPL Planetary Rovers

Mike Blackstone • July 12, 2018

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a fabled history of planetary rovers. But how do you start such a program?

New goodies from asteroid Ryugu!

Jason Davis • July 11, 2018

Two new global views of Ryugu from Hayabusa2, plus a 3-D animation.

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