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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.

Why Start A Space Program?

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Casey Dreier observes the genesis of a new space agency in Australia, and how The Planetary Society helped make it happen.

Where We Are

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Emily Lakdawalla introduces an at-a-glance spacecraft locator to The Planetary Report.

A New Era for Canada-U.S. Space Cooperation?

Kate Howells • September 14, 2018 • 3

On 7 September, down the street from the NAFTA meetings in Washington D.C., the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a meeting of many thought leaders from both countries to discuss a point of uncertainty in the Canada-United States relationship: collaboration in space.

Feast your eyes on comet 67P's surface, with depth cues added

Mattias Malmer • September 14, 2018 • 3

Mattias Malmer made it a little easier to figure out what Philae really saw in 2014.

Hayabusa2 stops short of close approach on first touchdown rehearsal

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2018 • 1

Hayabusa2 didn’t quite make it down to its intended 60-meter distance from asteroid Ryugu yesterday. There is nothing wrong with the spacecraft; it’s healthy and returning to its home position. The team will adjust parameters and give it another try in the future.

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