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Guest blogs from 2019

Chang’e-4 may have discovered material from the Moon’s mantle

Andrew Jones • May 15, 2019

The first science results from the unprecedented Chang’e-4 lunar far side mission are in. The mission’s Yutu-2 rover, deployed from the lander shortly after the Chang’e-4 landing on 3 January, has, with the help of the Queqiao relay satellite, returned data which suggests it has discovered material derived from the Moon’s mantle.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: The Final Report

A.J.S. Rayl • April 26, 2019

It’s a fall afternoon at Endeavour Crater. The summer winds finally lost their energy and the dust storm season is over. But there are no more signals coming from Earth. No more comm sessions with the orbiters. Nothing like it used to be.

HiRISE Team Overcomes Imaging Glitches as Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Eyes another Decade in Orbit

Alfred McEwen • April 23, 2019

Blurred images and battery issues are no longer an immediate problem.

Chang’e-4 Updates: Yutu-2 Roves into Overtime, Returns More Images

Andrew Jones • April 22, 2019

China’s Chang’e-4 lander and Yutu-2 rover are continuing to function well and have completed their fourth lunar day.

Adapting an iPhone for Astrophotography

Barney Magrath • April 19, 2019

The sky is the limit, providing you’re willing to invest a little time for what is a surprisingly low-budget, hands-on project.

Voyager Wide-Angle Views of Jupiter

Ian Regan • April 16, 2019

Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the historic Voyager 1 encounter with Jupiter in 1979.

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.

A Kepler Orrery

Ethan Kruse • March 12, 2019

As of mission end on 30 October 2018, Kepler had detected 1,815 planets or planet candidates in multi-planet systems. All 726 such systems are drawn here.

The Realm of the Ice Giants

Amy Simon • March 12, 2019

Imagine 2 icy worlds far from the Sun. Their serene, blue atmospheres. Huge, ominous-looking storms. Tantalizing glimpses of moons with exotic, icy terrains. Delicate sets of encircling rings.

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.

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.

Practicing Mars 2020 rover operations, on Earth

Jeffrey R. Johnson • February 25, 2019

Jeff Johnson files a report from ROASTT, the Rover Operations Activities for Science Team Training.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Hidden Gems

Adam Block • February 22, 2019

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares of his latest views of our universe.

Planetary Radio: 10 Must-Listen Episodes About Space Exploration

MaryLiz Bender • February 13, 2019

The Planetary Society staff has selected our top ten favorite episodes of Planetary Radio. Listen now.

Stunning new images show what the Chang'e-4 mission has been up to

Andrew Jones • February 07, 2019

Chang’e-4 is sending home brilliant footage from its various spacecraft, while also being snapped by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Sensational Spirals

Adam Block • February 05, 2019

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares some of his latest galactic treasures.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs 15th Year in Silence, Team Begins ‘Hail Mary’ Efforts

A.J.S. Rayl • February 02, 2019

As a string of dust storms moved through Meridiani Planum and over Endeavour Crater in January, Opportunity silently wrapped her fifteenth year on the surface of Mars.

Chang'e 4: Why the Moon's far side looks red in new images

David Rothery • January 09, 2019

In Apollo images — and to our own eyes, from Earth — the Moon is grey. What's going on?

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Still Silent, Team Still Hopeful

A.J.S. Rayl • January 06, 2019

It’s now been more than six and a half months that the longest-lived robot on another planet has been incommunicado.

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