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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.

The Goal is Mars

Bill Nye • July 10, 2013

Today, The Planetary Society submitted our white paper to the National Research Council's call for "input" on human spaceflight. It's derived from work we did back in 2008 brought up to date.

The Summer Solstice 2013 issue of The Planetary Report is out!

Donna Stevens • July 09, 2013

I’m happy to tell you that the Summer Solstice 2013 issue of The Planetary Report is hot off the presses and Is in the mail.

Mars 2020 Science Announcement Live-blog

Casey Dreier • July 09, 2013

Follow along as NASA reacts to the recommendations of the science definition team for the next Mars rover.

Target NEO Workshop Today

Casey Dreier • July 09, 2013

Follow along as scientists work through the possibilities and problems of NASA's asteroid retrieval mission.

Uranus or Bust (and on a budget)

Van Kane • July 09, 2013

New plans may make a mission to Uranus affordable within NASA's new, constrained budget.

In-flight entertainment: cameras aboard the Space Launch System

Jason Davis • July 09, 2013

When the Space Launch System lifts off on its inaugural flight in 2017, eight engineering cameras will collect crucial in-flight data while providing breathtaking views for the public.

Found a Killer Asteroid? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Mat Kaplan • July 08, 2013

Astronomer Timothy Spahr directs the Minor Planet Center, the global clearinghouse for asteroids, comets and other relatively small objects in the solar system, including moons. He also coordinates the Society's Shoemaker NEO grant program.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 3355 - July 2, 2013

Larry Crumpler • July 08, 2013

By Sol 3325 Opportunity has driven up onto the next "island" of rock, "Sutherland Point" and "Nobbys Head." On this sol Opportunity is only about 700 m from the goal, the mountains to the south.

The Ice Pits of Mars

Bill Dunford • July 07, 2013

The south polar cap of Mars is riddled with strange landscapes.

Hubble captures time-lapse of comet ISON

Jason Davis • July 05, 2013

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a series of images showing Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) plunging toward the sun.

Mars Exploration Rovers Mission Update: Opportunity Continues Sprint to Solander Point

A.J.S. Rayl • July 04, 2013

The Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission celebrated its 10th anniversary of leaving Earth in June, as Opportunity continued the sprint to its next winter haven at Endeavour Crater.

PlanetVac Moving Forward

Bruce Betts • July 03, 2013

Meet the PlanetVac team and learn their general plan and what they are doing now. PlanetVac is a newly started Planetary Society and Honeybee Robotics project to test a pneumatic system to sample planetary surfaces.

A patriotic return to space

Jason Davis • July 03, 2013

When Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its 1988 return-to-flight mission, it was a big moment for NASA and America.

Russian rocket crashes in spectacular explosion

Jason Davis • July 02, 2013

A Russian Proton-M rocket veered off course and crashed in a nearby field shortly after liftoff from Baikonur, Kazahkstan.

Dawn Journal: Breaking Velocity Records

Marc Rayman • July 02, 2013

The indefatigable Dawn spacecraft is continuing its extraordinary interplanetary flight on behalf of inquisitive creatures on distant Earth. Progressing ever farther from Vesta, the rocky and rugged world it so recently explored, the ship is making good progress toward its second port of call, dwarf planet Ceres.

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.

PlanetVac Project Underway

Bruce Betts • July 01, 2013

The Planetary Society's PlanetVac project with Honeybee Robotics is now fully underway. Here we provide a just released statement by Honeybee, and an introduction to this lab test of a new planetary surface sampling system.

Deflecting the flames of a monster rocket

Jason Davis • July 01, 2013

Work continues to prepare Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B for the Space Launch System, as a flame trench deflector originally built for the Space Shuttle is removed.

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