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Pretty picture: Looking backward

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2013

Here it is: the view from Saturn of our Earthly home, one and a half billion kilometers away. We see Earth and the Moon through a thin veil of faintly blue ice crystals, the outskirts of Saturn's E ring. Earth is just a bright dot -- a bit brighter than the other stars in the image, but no brighter than any planet (like Saturn!) in our own sky.

Earth and Moon from MESSENGER

Emily Lakdawalla • July 22, 2013

A new picture of the Earth-Moon system from MESSENGER, taken the same day we were told to "Wave at Saturn." Updated with a neat photo taken from much closer to Earth from a similar perspective.

Scale comparisons of the solar system's major moons

Emily Lakdawalla • July 10, 2013

A few presentation slides with pretty pictures, sized to scale, of the large moons of the solar system.

Planetary Radio: Don't Step in That Puddle!

Mat Kaplan • July 01, 2013

The Planetary Science Institute's Amanda Hendrix is the guest for our July 1 episode. She finds water in the least likely places, including Luna.

A Little Moonlight

Bill Dunford • June 19, 2013

From far away, or from so near you could almost touch it, the moon is beautiful.

The Shores of the Kraken Sea: Great Place Names in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • May 28, 2013

Nothing reflects the romance of deep space exploration more than the evocative names of places on the planets and moons.

Dueling Desolations: Mercury vs. the Moon

Bill Dunford • May 13, 2013

They look so similar they can be hard to tell apart, but each hides its own mysteries.

Dark No More: Exploring the Far Side of the Moon

Bill Dunford • April 29, 2013

The first human beings to see the mysterious "dark" side of the moon were not astronauts.

One Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • April 08, 2013

Dispatches from five different worlds--all sent by robotic spacecraft on the same day.

LPSC 2013: The Smaller They Are, The Better They Shake

Emily Lakdawalla • March 25, 2013

Really cool movies from Jim Richardson propose to explain how the same physics of impact cratering can produce such differently-appearing surfaces as those of the Moon, large asteroids like Eros, and teeny ones like Itokawa.

Messages of Wonder

Bill Dunford • March 18, 2013

Some lovely, rarely-seen images from the MESSENGER mission.

Postcards from Clementine

Bill Dunford • February 25, 2013

Nineteen years ago this month, the Clementine mission sent some amazing views from the moon.

Pretty picture: a moon transit

Emily Lakdawalla • February 21, 2013

A reader comment inspired me to dig up an oldie but a goodie: a sequence of photos of the Moon transiting Earth, seen from a very long way away,

Webcast Tonight! Planetary Scientist and Society President Jim Bell

Mat Kaplan • February 20, 2013

Professor Bell's topic is "Exploring Mars, the Moon, Asteroids, and Comets with Rovers and Landers," and there is no one better to talk about this subject.

A forgotten image of Earth and the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • February 13, 2013

While researching another story, I came across an image I don't remember ever seeing before, of a moonrise from an unexpected source.

The Earth is a Planet: Why We Explore Space

Bill Dunford • February 11, 2013

Why spend effort and scarce resources on space exploration when we have so many problems here at home? Turns out, there are some pretty good reasons.

Galileo Messengers: Cruise to Venus, Earth, Gaspra, Earth, Ida, and almost to Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • February 05, 2013

It's taken me a year to face the emotionally draining task of reading and writing about Galileo's cruise phase as chronicled in the mission's newsletters.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout, Thu Jan 31 1200PT/2000UT: Sarah Noble on lunar science and working for NASA HQ

Emily Lakdawalla • January 31, 2013

We welcomed Sarah Noble to our weekly Google+ Hangout. Sarah is a lunar geologist and a civil servant working in the Research & Analysis program at NASA Headquarters, and has recently been named Program Scientist for the LADEE lunar mission.

Fly me to the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • January 14, 2013

Video views shot by two doomed spacecraft take us flying across the Moon.

Forty years after Apollo 17's final footsteps

Andrew Chaikin • December 14, 2012

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the last human footsteps on the Moon. In my latest video I look back at Apollo 17 and explain why I believe the Moon is the solar system's "jewel in the crown," beckoning us to return.

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