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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.

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Past Issues of The Planetary Report

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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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Remembering: The Year in Pictures

Remembering: The Year in Pictures
Vol. 31, No. 5, December solstice 2011

Containing feature articles by Bruce Betts; Charlene Anderson

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?

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Beyond Water

Beyond Water
Vol. 31, No. 4, September Equinox 2011

Containing feature articles by Emily Lakdawalla; Pablo Gutierrez-Marques; Mat Kaplan; Bruce Betts

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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Shuttle LIFE

Shuttle LIFE
Vol. 31, No. 3, June Solstice 2011

Containing feature articles by Bruce Betts; James D. Burke; Andrea Carroll; Daniel T. Geraci; Jacques Blamont

Shuttle LIFE Organisms Return, by Bruce Betts; Planetary Cave Dwelling, by Jacques Blamont; A Symphony of Voices in Vienna, by James D. Burke and Andrea Carroll; Annual Report to Our Members, by Dan Geraci

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Lava Lakes

Lava Lakes
Vol. 31, No. 2, March/April 2011

Containing feature articles by John M. Logsdon; Amir Alexander; Ashley Davies

"Your Place In Space: Oh, To Be Young and Spacefaring" by Bill Nye; Snapshots from Space: Comet Crash; Once, We Went to the Moon, by John M. Logsdon; Lava Lakes on Earth and Io, by Ashley Gerard Davies; We Make It Happen! FINDS: One Step Closer to Faraway Earths, by Amir Alexander.

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Mapping Pluto

Mapping Pluto
Vol. 31, No. 1, January/February 2011

Containing feature articles by Emily Lakdawalla; Bill Nye; Jim Bell; Louis D. Friedman; Bruce Betts

The Giant's Baleful Eye, by Emily Stewart Lakdawalla; Here and Now: Our Unique Perspective, by Bill Nye; Zooming in on Pluto: Using the Hubble Space Telescope to Map a Faraway World, by Marc E. Buie; Changes from Within, by Jim Bell; LightSail Update: Testing, Learning, and Waiting, by Louis D. Friedman; Fun with Microrovers, by Bruce Betts

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The Year in Pictures

The Year in Pictures
Vol. 30, No. 6, November/December 2010

Containing feature articles by Bill Nye; Emily Lakdawalla; Louis D. Friedman; Bruce Betts

Looking Aft, Looking Forward, by Bill Nye; The Quest to Explore Mercury, by Peter D. Bedini and Louise M. Prockter; 2010: The Year in Pictures, by Emily Stewart Lakdawalla; LightSail Update: Assembling the Spacecraft, by Louis D. Friedman; Shoemaker NEO Grants, by Bruce Betts

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