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.
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Past Issues of The Planetary Report
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10 Years on Mars: The Magic Behind the Mars Exploration Rovers
Vol. 33, No. 4, December Solstice 2013
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
Polygons on Mars
Vol. 33, No. 3, September Equinox 2013
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
Vol. 33, No. 2, June Solstice 2013
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
The Lure of Europa
Vol. 33, No. 1, March Equinox 2013
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
Greatest Hits: The Year in Pictures
Vol. 32, No. 4, Winter Solstice 2012
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?
Vol. 32, No. 3, September Equinox 2012
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
Vol. 32, No. 2, June solstice 2012
"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
Vol. 32, No. 1, March Equinox 2012
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.
Remembering: The Year in Pictures
Vol. 31, No. 5, December solstice 2011
The Year in Pictures; Snapshots from Space: 1975 was good for Venus; 2011 Advocacy Wrap-Up, by Charlene Anderson; A Letter from Russia, by Bruce Betts; Protecting the Earth from Asteroids; Planetary Society Kids: How Do We Gather Light in Space? And How Do Telescopes Work?
Vol. 31, No. 4, September Equinox 2011
Planetary Radio Wins Parsec Award, by Mat Kaplan; Launching Organisms, Solving Anomalies, and Naming an Asteroid, by Bruce Betts; Vesta: A Revelation, by Pablo Gutierrez-Marques; Target: Gale, by Emily Stewart Lakdawalla
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