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Asteroids have been hitting the Earth for billions of years. In 2022, we hit back.

Andrew Rivkin • September 27, 2018 • 3

DART is a test of the kinetic impactor technique, a potential method to deflect an asteroid on course to impact the Earth.

How LightSail and a NASA study helped pave the way for Mars-bound CubeSats

Jason Davis • September 26, 2018 • 1

Two NASA CubeSats are approaching Mars — an impressive accomplishment for a concept many people regarded with derision just 15 years ago.

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully drops rovers on asteroid Ryugu

Jason Davis • September 22, 2018 • 3

The two small spacecraft are the size and shape of cheese wheels, and can autonomously hop around the surface.

The day I caught rocket fever

MaryLiz Bender • September 20, 2018 • 3

On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown hit zero, I gripped the railing so tightly I started to lose the feeling in my fingertips.

'Everything about this flyby is tougher': New Horizons just over 100 days from Ultima Thule

Jason Davis • September 19, 2018 • 3

On Jan. 1, NASA's New Horizons will perform a high-risk, high-reward flyby of an ancient world on the outskirts of the solar system.

Programming note: Emily Lakdawalla speaking tour of New Zealand 23 September - 1 October

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2018 • 3

Attention Kiwi space fans! I’m embarking shortly on a speaking tour of New Zealand. I hope to meet lots of Planetary Society members and supporters, and sign a few copies of my book.

The September Equinox 2018 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2018 • 2

With my first issue of The Planetary Report as editor, I am taking the magazine open-access. Return to Mercury features articles by Elsa Montagnon on BepiColombo and by Long Xiao on the Chang'e-4 and -5 landers.

Voyage to Mercury

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Elsa Montagnon details the challenges of delivering BepiColombo’s two spacecraft from Earth to Mercury.

Farside Landing and Nearside Sample Return

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Long Xiao previews two ambitious Chinese lunar missions, one of which will make the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon.

Chandrayaan-2

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Sriram Bhiravarasu anticipates India’s 2019 lunar venture with an orbiter, lander, and rover.

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