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The Planetary Report

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.

The Planetary Report is an exclusive benefit for Planetary Society members. If you're not already a member, please join today!

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Past Issues of The Planetary Report

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Origins on Ice

Origins on Ice
Vol. 34, No. 2, June Solstice 2014

Containing feature articles by Kate Howells; Doug Stetson; Bruce Betts; Casey Dreier; Julie Castillo-Rogez

Snapshots from Space: Farewell Neptune, by Emily Stewart Lakdawalla; Science Festival Mania, by Kate Howells; Ice in the Solar System, by Julie Castillo-Rogez; Preparing to Sail, by Doug Stetson; Planets at Alpha Centauri? by Bruce Betts; Breaking Sisyphus' Curse, by Casey Dreier

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Undulating Beauty

Undulating Beauty
Vol. 34, No. 1, March Equinox 2014

Containing feature articles by Ralph Lorenz; Emily Lakdawalla; Bruce Betts; Casey Dreier

The Dune Whisperers, by Ralph D. Lorenz; China is on the Moon, by Emily Lakdawalla; Revisiting the Year in Pictures; Near-Earth Asteroids, by Bruce Betts; A Unifying Cosmos, by Casey Dreier

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10 Years on Mars: The Magic Behind the Mars Exploration Rovers

10 Years on Mars: The Magic Behind the Mars Exploration Rovers
Vol. 33, No. 4, December Solstice 2013

Containing feature articles by Emily Lakdawalla; A.J.S. Rayl; Bruce Betts; Casey Dreier

The Year in Pictures, by Emily Lakdawalla; The Magic of MER, by A.J.S. Rayl, Planetary Dirt Sampling Success, by Bruce Betts; A Shift in the Wind, by Casey Dreier

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Polygons on Mars

Polygons on Mars
Vol. 33, No. 3, September Equinox 2013

Containing feature articles by Bill Nye; Bruce Betts; Casey Dreier; Louis D. Friedman; Dorothy Oehler

Bruce Murray: 1931-2013, by Louis Friedman; The Enigmatic Polygons of Mars, by Dorothy Oehler; Forging a New Consensus, by Casey Dreier; Upgrades to the Search, by Bruce Betts; Power From the Isotopes, by Casey Dreier; Planetary Society Kids: What happens when hot lava cools?; Snapshots from Space: Europa in beautiful color

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Enhanced Vision

Enhanced Vision
Vol. 33, No. 2, June Solstice 2013

Containing feature articles by Bruce Betts; Emily Lakdawalla; Bill Nye; Casey Dreier; Linda Spilker; Daniel T. Geraci; Amanda Hendrix

Rewriting the Books, by Linda Spilker; Lunar Water and Weathering, by Amanda Hendrix; Annual Report to Our Members, by Dan Geraci ; Budgetary Whiplash, by Casey Dreier; Near-Earth Asteroids, by Bruce Betts; Planetary Society Kids; Water on the Moon?; Riding the Fiscal Roller Coaster; New NEO Grant Winners; Snapshots from Space Mariner 10; Data Made New Again

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The Lure of Europa

The Lure of Europa
Vol. 33, No. 1, March Equinox 2013

Containing feature articles by Michael Carroll; Bruce Betts; Bob Pappalardo; Emily Lakdawalla; Alyssa Rhoden; Bill Nye; Casey Dreier

The Europa Clipper, by Alyssa Rhoden and Robert Pappalardo; An Ode to Discovery, by Casey Dreier; Storms of Distant Skies, by Michael Carroll; One Alpha Centauri Planet, by Bruce Betts. Planetary Society Kids: What conditions are needed for life to arise? Snaphsots from Space: Curiosity takes a self-portrait

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Greatest Hits: The Year in Pictures

Greatest Hits: The Year in Pictures
Vol. 32, No. 4, Winter Solstice 2012

Containing feature articles by Bruce Betts; Mat Kaplan; Emily Lakdawalla; Andrew Chaikin; Bill Nye; Casey Dreier

The Bradbury Imperative, by Andy Chaikin; Where We Stand, by Casey Dreier; The Year in Pictures, by Emily Lakdawalla; Vacuuming Planets and Targeting Asteroids, by Bruce Betts; Infinite Visions from members; Planetary Society Kids: Why is Mars Colder than Earth?

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Super Robot

Super Robot
Vol. 32, No. 3, September Equinox 2012

Containing feature articles by Bruce Betts; Casey Dreier; Donna Stevens; Paul Schenk; Bill Nye

Curiosity's First Days on Mars, by Bruce Betts; Planetfest 2012, by Donna Stevens; Incredible Upgrades, by Bruce Betts; Why We Explore, by Paul Schenk; The Battle Continues, by Casey Dreier; We're on Mars, but We Came from the Moon, by Bill Nye

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Dark Skies?

Dark Skies?
Vol. 32, No. 2, June solstice 2012

Containing feature articles by Scott Kardel; Louis D. Friedman; Bruce Betts

"Your Place In Space: Making History" by Bill Nye; Snapshots from Space: Saturn's two largest moons; A Martian Has Died, by Louis Friedman; Into the Dark, by W. Scott Kardel; Entry, Descent, Landing, by Bruce Betts; The Magnificent Aurora, by James D. Burke and Andrea Carroll; Zapping Rocks with Lasers, by Bruce Betts; Annual Report to Our Members

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Fascinating Mars

Fascinating Mars
Vol. 32, No. 1, March Equinox 2012

Containing feature articles by Louis D. Friedman; Charlene Anderson; Bruce Betts

Louis Friedman suggests a practical plan for the next hundred years of spaceflight; Charlene M. Anderson discusses a lifelong love of science fiction with writer/director Andrew Stanton; Anderson also takes an in-depth look at what the proposed 2013 NASA budget means, and what Society members can do to help; and Bruce Betts reports on fiber-optic “scramblers” and planet hunting with smaller (relatively speaking) telescopes. Snapshots from Space features an image of the Moon from Japan's Hiten processed by Ted Stryk.

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