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Apollo 11 Little West Crater Panorama

The Planetary Report • June Solstice 2019

Apollo 11’S landing on 20 July 1969 was the day humans first set foot on another world. For the risky, challenging endeavor, NASA sought a smooth landing site, one lacking craters or mountains.

LightSail 2 Has a New Launch Date!

Richard Chute • June 07, 2019

The official launch date is now no earlier than June 24th, and the launch window still opens at 11:30 p.m. eastern time.

What's the Difference between LightSail 1 and LightSail 2?

Jason Davis • June 05, 2019 • 4

While LightSail 1 and 2 look nearly identical at a glance, there are a few important hardware differences between the two spacecraft.

Hayabusa2 drops second target marker, targets artificial crater for sample collection

Jason Davis • June 04, 2019 • 1

The reflective softball-sized sphere will give the spacecraft a visual guide during a second potential sample collection.

How to Send a Camera to Mars

Tina Seeger • June 04, 2019

The next Martian explorer, Mars 2020, currently exists as a robotic skeleton at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Teams across the world are working diligently to construct the instruments that will adorn the rover, inside and out, and thereby give it the tools it needs to explore.

Getting an Opportunity to Give Your Presentation

Kate Howells • May 30, 2019

Want to give a presentation on behalf of The Planetary Society in your community? We have tips and tricks for you!

ESA Prepares for ExoMars Rover 2020 Launch at Mars and on Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • May 30, 2019 • 3

Preparations for the ExoMars rover mission are in their final stages. ESA made two announcements today: ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is shifting orbit, and they officially opened a new Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) in Turin, Italy.

LightSail 2 Arrives in Florida

Jason Davis • May 30, 2019

Next Stop: Space!

The People Have Voted on 2007 OR10's Future Name!

Meg Schwamb • May 29, 2019

Gonggong is the fan favorite name for this icy distant world, but the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature has the final say.

Curiosity Gazes Upon Noctilucent Clouds Over Gale Crater

Emily Lakdawalla • May 28, 2019 • 1

Wispy clouds of stunning beauty fly over Curiosity every evening.

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