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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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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; 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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Akatsuki to Venus

Akatsuki to Venus
Vol. 30, No. 5, September/October 2010

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

Learning More, Faster...Like Rocket Science, by Bill Nye; Out of This World Books; LightSail Update, by Louis D. Friedman; Akatsuki: Toward the Morning Star, by Takeshi Imamura; New Design Competition: Human Mission to an Asteroid, by Bruce Betts

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Hayabusa Returns

Hayabusa Returns
Vol. 30, No. 4, July/August 2010

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

Passing the Torch: The Planetary Society's New Executive Director; Looking for ET Using Laser Light, by Bruce Betts; Hayabusa Returns! by Emily Lakdawalla; Solar Sail Update: IKAROS Deploys and LightSail Moves Forward, by Louis D. Friedman

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Why Go Into Space?

Why Go Into Space?
Vol. 30, No. 3, May/June 2010

Containing feature articles by Louis D. Friedman; Stephen Hawking; Bruce Betts

LightSail Update: Firming Up the Spacecraft Design, by Louis D. Friedman; World Watch: The New Plan for Human Exploration, by Louis D. Friedman; Why Go Into Space, by Stephen Hawking; Asteroids, DVDs, and Dust, by Bruce Betts

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Spirit on Mars

Spirit on Mars
Vol. 30, No. 2, March/April 2010

Containing feature articles by Louis D. Friedman; Bruce Betts; Emily Lakdawalla; Jim Bell; Daniel T. Geraci

30 Years of The Planetary Society, by Louis D. Friedman; A New Project: Microrovers for Assisting Humans, by Bruce Betts; Winds of Change at NASA, by Louis D. Friedman; Spirit: Not Dead Yet, by Emily Stewart Lakdawalla and Jim Bell; Annual Report to Our Members, by Dan Geraci

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Defending Our World

Defending Our World
Vol. 30, No. 1, January/February 2010

Containing feature articles by Louis D. Friedman; Bill Ailor; Tom Jones; Bruce Betts

Special Issue: Planetary Defense; Protecting Earth: Whose Job Is It? by Louis D. Friedman; To Move and Asteroid, by William Ailor; Turning Cosmic Disaster Into Opportunity, by Tom Jones; Doing Our Part to Protect Earth, by Bruce Betts

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