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2007 OR10 Needs a Name!

Meg Schwamb • April 09, 2019

It’s time to give 2007 OR10 a name. We’re asking for your help to pick a suitable name for the largest as-yet-unnamed solar system world to submit to the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Hearing Recap: NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request

Brendan Curry • April 08, 2019

On March 27, 2019, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing titled, “NASA’s FY 2020 Budget Request.”

T-minus Five Years and Counting

Casey Dreier • April 04, 2019

Can NASA really return astronauts to the Moon by 2024?

Hayabusa2 Safe and Sound after Blasting New Crater on Ryugu

Jason Davis • April 04, 2019

Hayabusa2 successfully used its explosive-packed SCI experiment to create an artificial crater on asteroid Ryugu.

Beresheet Has Entered Lunar Orbit!

Jason Davis • April 04, 2019

SpaceIL's Beresheet Moon lander successfully entered lunar orbit today after a 6-minute engine burn that began at 14:18 UTC / 10:18 EDT.

Not a Heart of Ice

Mark Marley • April 02, 2019

Mark Marley explains what planetary scientists mean when they say the word "ice."

First Science Results from Hayabusa2 Mission

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2019

The Hayabusa2 team held a press briefing last week at LPSC to report newly published results on asteroid Ryugu.

What to Expect When Hayabusa2 Blows a Hole in Asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • April 01, 2019

The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will deploy its Small Carry-on Impactor experiment, SCI, on 5 April.

Beresheet Gears up for Lunar Rendezvous

Jason Davis • March 28, 2019

The Israeli spacecraft is set to enter lunar orbit on 4 April at 17:57 UTC (13:57 EDT).

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Lesser-Known Luminaries

Adam Block • March 22, 2019

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his latest images highlighting some hidden gems.

OSIRIS-REx sees Bennu spewing stuff into space

Jason Davis • March 19, 2019

The asteroid's rotation rate is also increasing, and scientists continue refining the plan to collect a regolith sample next year.

The March Equinox Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2019

I’m very pleased to announce the publication of the March Equinox issue of The Planetary Report: “Inside the Ice Giants.” The print issue shipped to members yesterday!

Amidst Cuts to NASA, Mars Sample Return May Finally Happen

Casey Dreier • March 11, 2019

The President's Budget Request for NASA in 2020 would start a Mars Sample Return mission and ramp up efforts to send humans to the Moon. But it would still kick off the first year of a new decade with a half-billion dollar cut to the space agency.

The subtle color difference between Uranus and Neptune

Björn Jónsson • March 11, 2019

The color of Uranus and Neptune is similar, but not identical. Uranus appears greener and Neptune bluer.

Crew Dragon Returns to Earth

Jason Davis • March 08, 2019

The spacecraft completed a successful test flight with splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean on 8 March 2019 at 08:45 EST (13:45 UTC).

Hayabusa2 Scores a Bulls-eye on Touchdown, More Explodey Fun on the Horizon

Jason Davis • March 07, 2019

The mission is also gearing up for a possible second sample collection.

Yutu-2 Rocks On into Lunar Day 3 for Chang’e-4 mission

Andrew Jones • March 06, 2019

China’s Yutu-2 rover is continuing to make tracks on the lunar far side.

100 Planetary Society Members. 25 States. 1 Day of Action.

Casey Dreier • March 05, 2019

Society members from across the United States came to Washington, D.C. on their own dime to advocate for space science and exploration.

Watch Hayabusa2's incredible touchdown on asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • March 05, 2019

The spacecraft fired a bullet into the surface and unleashed a massive spray of debris.

Crew Dragon Successfully Docks to International Space Station

Jason Davis • March 03, 2019

Docking occurred slightly ahead of schedule at 5:51 EST (10:51 UTC).

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