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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Vol. 30, No. 4, July/August 2010
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
Why Go Into Space?
Vol. 30, No. 3, May/June 2010
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
Spirit on Mars
Vol. 30, No. 2, March/April 2010
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
Defending Our World
Vol. 30, No. 1, January/February 2010
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
Vol. 29, No. 6, November/December 2009
LightSail: A New Way and a New Chance to Fly on Light, by Louis D. Friedman; 2009---The Year in Pictures, by Emily Stewart Lakdawalla; Wrapping Up 2009, by Bruce Betts
What's Our Next Step?
Vol. 29, No. 4, July/August 2009
Beyond Apollo: Where Next in Space? by Buzz Aldrin and Louis D. Friedman; LIFE Biomodule Ready for Launch! by Bruce Betts; Searching for New Worlds: The Power of Many, by Debra Fischer
Vol. 29, No. 3, May/June 2009
The Planetary Society 2009 Membery Survey, by Jim Bell; Planetary Defense: Shielding the World from Asteroids, by Bruce Betts; All Hail Hubble! Planetary Society Members Salute the Hubble Space Telescope
Vol. 29, No. 2, March/April 2009
Who Will Survive? Ten Hardy Organisms Selected for the LIFE Project, by Amir Alexander; The Quest for the Next Killer Asteroid—Before it Finds Us! by Steve Chesley; Annual Report to Our Members
Beyond The Moon
Vol. 29, No. 1, January/February 2009
Bootleg Postcards: Amateurs Participating in Space Missions, by Doug Ellison; Beyond the Moon: A New Roadmap for Human Space Exploration in the 21st Century, by The Roadmap Team; Looking Forward to a New Year of Exploration! by Louis D. Friedman
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