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The Planetary Report

The Planetary Report is the internationally recognized flagship magazine of The Planetary Society, featuring lively articles and full-color photos to provide comprehensive coverage of discoveries on Earth and other planets.

This quarterly magazine reaches members of The Planetary Society all over the world, with news about planetary missions, spacefaring nations, intrepid explorers, planetary science controversies and the latest findings in humankind's exploration of the solar system.

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Past Issues of The Planetary Report

Where Life Began

Where Life Began

Vol. 38, No. 4, December Solstice 2018

Containing feature articles by

Total Immersion in the Heavens, by Casey Dreier; Flying by Home (OSIRIS-REx), by Vicky Hamilton; The Making of Life, by Michael L. Wong; updates on Lightsail 2 and Spacecraft Earth.

Return to Mercury

Return to Mercury

Vol. 38, No. 3, September Equinox 2018

Containing feature articles by Elsa Montagnon; Long Xiao; Sriram Bhiravarasu

Voyage to Mercury (BepiColombo), by Elsa Montagnon; Farside Landing and Nearside Sample Return (Chang'e-4 and -5), by Long Xiao; Chandrayaan-2, by Sriram Bhiravarasu; updates on Lightsail 2, PlanetVac, and Australian space initiatives.

Smarter Robots

Smarter Robots

Vol. 38, No. 2, June Solstice 2018

Containing feature articles by Raymond Francis; Tara Estlin; Andy De Fonseca; Keiko Nakamura-Messenger; Richard Chute; Bruce Betts; Casey Dreier

Automating Science on Mars, by Raymond Francis and Tara Estlin; Instagram Adventure, by Andy De Fonseca; Precious Dust, by Keiko Nakamura-Messenger; Our Community Engaged, by Richard Chute; Integrated and Delivered, by Bruce Betts; Where Are All the Samples? by Casey Dreier

Mars as an Exoplanet

Mars as an Exoplanet

Vol. 38, No. 1, March Equinox 2018

Containing feature articles by Bruce Jakosky; David Brain; Kate Howells; Michele Bannister; Bruce Betts; John Culberson; The Honorable Derek Kilmer

Through MAVEN's Eyes, by Bruce Jakosky and David Brain; Vital Support, by Kate Howells; Beyond Neptune, by Michele Bannister; #SpaceHaiku; Defend and Sample! by Bruce Betts; Op Ed: Why We Created the Planetary Science Caucus, by John Culberson and Derek Kilmer

The Year in Pictures

The Year in Pictures

Vol. 37, No. 4, December Solstice 2017

Containing feature articles by Emily Lakdawalla; Jason Davis; Whitney Pratz; Bruce Betts; Casey Dreier

The Year in Pictures, by Emily Lakdawalla; Is There Anybody Out There? by Jason Davis; There Goes the Sun, by Whitney Pratz; Closeout! by Bruce Betts; The More Things Seemed to Change... by Casey Dreier

Farewell, Cassini

Farewell, Cassini

Vol. 37, No. 3, September Equinox 2017

Containing feature articles by Leigh Fletcher; Luke Dones; Sarah Hörst; Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle; Candice Hansen; Emily Lakdawalla; Casey Dreier

The Seasonal Giant, by Leigh Fletcher; Saturn's Rings, by Luke Dones; Titan's Atmosphere, by Sarah Hörst; Titan's Surface, by Elizabeth Turtle; The Source of Saturn's E Ring, by Candice Hansen-Koharcheck; The Moons of Saturn, by Emily Lakdawalla; With Cassini Gone, Now What? by Casey Dreier

Spectacular Jupiter

Spectacular Jupiter

Vol. 37, No. 2, June Solstice 2017

Containing feature articles by Richard Chute; Marco Parigi; Mat Kaplan; Andrew Jones; Jason Davis; Bruce Betts; Casey Dreier

Help Us Fuel Up for Launch! by Richard Chute; Spectacular Jupiter, by Mat Kaplan; A Lunar Sample Return Mission, by Andrew Jones; Defending Our World, by Bruce Betts; Planetary Science Resurgence, by Casey Dreier

Icy Analogue

Icy Analogue

Vol. 37, No. 1, March Equinox 2017

Containing feature articles by Franck Marchis; Michael Carroll; Rosaly Lopes; Casey Dreier; Bruce Betts

Wonderfully Habitable Worlds? by Franck Marchis; Antarctica, by Michael Carroll and Rosaly Lopes; The Fading Fortunes of Mars, by Casey Dreier; A Planetary Defense Update, by Bruce Betts; Welcome to the New Uncertainty, by Casey Dreier

A Peak Year: 2016 Year in Pictures

A Peak Year: 2016 Year in Pictures

Vol. 36, No. 4, December Solstice 2016

Containing feature articles by Emily Lakdawalla; Jason Davis; Amir Alexander; Bruce Betts; Jason Callahan

The Year in Pictures, by Emily Lakdawalla; Rocket Road Trip, by Jason Davis; Making Space for Our Past, by Amir Alexander; The Home Stretch, by Bruce Betts; Laying the Groundwork, by Jason Callahan

Treasure Trove

Treasure Trove

Vol. 36, No. 3, September Equinox 2016

Containing feature articles by Bill Nye; Matt Siegler; Kelsi Singer; Bruce Betts; Casey Dreier

Cold Case, by Matt Siegler; Pluto at Last, by Kelsi Singer; Listening to Mars, by Bruce Betts; A Statement for the Record, by Casey Dreier

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