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What to expect during Cassini's final hours

Emily Lakdawalla • September 11, 2017

A timeline of what to expect from the great mission during its final hours.

Voyager 40th Anniversary: Summer of '79

Paul Schenk • September 08, 2017 • 1

Planetary scientist Paul Schenk shares his story of working on the Voyager missions as a JPL intern back in 1979.

Upward bound: Canada's Space Advisory Board provides its recommendations

Kate Howells • September 08, 2017

Canada's Space Advisory Board has provided a clear set of recommendations to advance the country's space program, and The Planetary Society is proud to have played a role in the process.

Curiosity's balky drill: The problem and solutions

Emily Lakdawalla • September 06, 2017 • 3

Since December 1, 2016, Curiosity has been unable to drill into rocks because of a serious problem with one of the drill's motors. Emily Lakdawalla thoroughly explains the issues and the path forward for Curiosity.

Planetary Society hosts space policy reception at Australian Embassy

Matt Renninger • September 06, 2017 • 3

This year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is being held in Adelaide, Australia. Thanks to the generous support of our members, The Society’s advocacy and outreach capability is rapidly expanding, and we decided to step up our IAC advocacy this year.

Voyager 40th anniversary: Reflecting on the pale blue dot

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2017

Today is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 1. Four decades later, both spacecraft survive, still producing science, still working on their interstellar missions. On the occasion of the anniversary, we revisit Carl Sagan's reflections on the significance of the Voyager missions.

Your guide to Jim Bridenstine, the new nominee for NASA administrator

Jason Davis • September 01, 2017 • 8

The White House announced it will nominate Jim Bridenstine to become NASA's next administrator.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Ventures Deeper into Perseverance

A.J.S. Rayl • September 01, 2017

Along the western rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity forged onward in August vicariously taking the Mars Exploration Rovers team – along with a global contingent of mission observers all around Earth – downhill into Perseverance Valley and deeper into a new chapter in this legendary expedition of the Red Planet.

Book Update: The Design and Engineering of Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 01, 2017

Emily Lakdawalla's first book is now available for pre-order.

A future comes into focus for the Mars Exploration Program

Casey Dreier • August 31, 2017 • 2

Casey Dreier says NASA's decision to pursue a Mars sample return mission is good news for Mars fans, Mars scientists and supporters of the decadal survey process.

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