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Shuttle tank, meet canal: Engineering wonders cross paths in Panama

Jason Davis • April 28, 2016 • 4

Two modern engineering marvels crossed paths this week here in Central America, as the last unflown space shuttle external fuel tank passed through the Panama Canal during a multi-week voyage from New Orleans to Los Angeles.

Full-circle ceremony sends last shuttle tank to sea

Jason Davis • April 13, 2016

The last unflown space shuttle fuel tank is underway to California, following a full-circle ceremony in view of hardware built for the shuttle's heavy lift successor, the Space Launch System.

The Pioneer Plaque: Science as a Universal Language

Jake Rosenthal • January 20, 2016 • 7

In 1972, an attempt to contact extraterrestrial life was cast into space with the launch of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft. What exactly was the message we sent into the cosmos?

Back from the Brink: Akatsuki Returns to Venus

Ralph Lorenz • December 04, 2015 • 2

Perhaps forgotten by the general public in the West, a long-lost spacecraft is set to enter orbit around our sister planet in December, picking up where ESA’s Venus Express left off when its operations ended last year.

Surveyor Digitization Project Hints at Long-Lost Lunar Treasures

Jason Davis • November 23, 2015 • 9

A project to digitize more than 90,000 images taken by NASA’s five Surveyor spacecraft in the 1960s has revealed early hints of never-before-seen treasures captured by America’s first robotic lunar landers.

Desert Moon, Narrated by Former Astronaut Mark Kelly, Now Available Online

Jason Davis • March 23, 2015 • 1

Desert Moon, a 35-minute documentary that tells the story of Dr. Gerard Kuiper and the dawn of planetary science, is now available online.

Remembering Charles Townes

Mat Kaplan • January 31, 2015 • 2

Mat Kaplan honors the memory of a scientific pioneer.

Dawn Journal: History of Ceres

Marc Rayman • December 29, 2014 • 14

As Dawn looks toward the new world of Ceres, Mission Director Marc Rayman looks back on Ceres' discovery.

Want Funding? Then Be a National Priority

Jason Callahan • November 14, 2014 • 1

On Monday, Jason Callahan published an article in The Space Review discussing the importance of aligning the goals of federally funded scientific communities with national priorities. This post highlights some of the main points of the article and suggests a possible role for The Planetary Society.

When Nixon Stopped Human Exploration

John M. Logsdon • October 28, 2014 • 3

Society Board Member John Logsdon describes how the decisions made by Richard Nixon in late 1969 and early 1970 effectively ended human exploration beyond Earth orbit for the indefinite future.

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