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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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Pale Blue Dot

Pale Blue Dot
Vol. 21, No. 5, September/October 2001

Containing feature articles by Robert Farquhar; Louis D. Friedman; George Whitesides; Bobby Williams; Glenn Cunningham; Joseph Veverka

Opinion: Calibrating Success in Science: How Failure Fits In, by Glenn Cunningham; Touchdown! NEAR‘s Historic Landing, by Robert Farquhar, Joseph Veverka, and Bobby Williams; Looking Back, Moving Forward: Assessing Our Solar Sail Test Flight, by Louis Friedman; Teaching Science Under African Skies, by George T. Whitesides

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A New Mars

A New Mars
Vol. 21, No. 4, July/August 2001

Containing feature articles by Chris McKay; Louis D. Friedman; Bruce Murray; Susan Lendroth

Opinion: Let’s Put Martian Life First, by Chris McKay; Cosmos 1 Test Capsule Repaired After Prelaunch Accident, by Louis Friedman; Solar Sail Watch: Coming Soon to a Backyard Near You, by Susan Lendroth; Mars, Old and New: A Personal View by Bruce Murray; Merton Davies, Space Pioneer, Warmly Remembered, by Bruce Murray

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To Mars—Step by Step

To Mars—Step by Step
Vol. 21, No. 3, May/June 2001

Containing feature articles by Bruce Murray; Charlene Anderson; Louis D. Friedman; Melanie Melton Knocke; Glenn Cunningham; Rachel Zimmerman

We Can All Go to Mars, by Bruce Murray and Louis D. Friedman; To Fly a Solar Sail: A Story of Friendship, by Charlene M. Anderson; A NEAR Perfect Landing, by Melanie Melton; Red Rover Goes to Mars: Student Scientists Make History, by Rachel Zimmerman; Mars Odyssey: A Good Day to Launch, by Glenn Cunningham

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Farewell, Mir

Farewell, Mir
Vol. 21, No. 2, March/April 2001

Containing feature articles by Roald Sagdeev; Louis D. Friedman; Dan Durda; Jennifer Vaughn

Farewell to a Cold Warrior: Mir Station Obituary, by Roald Sagdeev; A Bold New Voyage: The Planetary Society Prepares to Fly a Solar Sail, by Louis Friedman; The 2001 Shoemaker NEO Grant Awardees: A World of Observing Experience, by Daniel Durda; Odd Planet Out: What’s Up With Pluto Exploration? by Jennifer Vaughn

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Evolving Visions

Evolving Visions
Vol. 21, No. 1, January/February 2001

Containing feature articles by Robert Gray; Robert Burnham; James Burke; Don Yeomans

Opinion: Systems Engineering—A Personal Memoir, by James D. Burke; Odd Asteroids and Closet Comets: The Distinction Blurs, by Don Yeomans; The Express to Mars, by Robert Burnham; Hunting the Elusive "Wow", by Robert H. Gray

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Return to the Rings

Return to the Rings
Vol. 1, No. 6, October/November 1981

Containing feature articles by Moustafa Chahine; Linda Bridge Beek; G. L. Tyler; Von Eshleman; Richard Terrile; Anita Sohus

Encounter Diary, by Anita M. Sohus; Return to the Rings, by Richard J. Terrile; Radio Science at Saturn, by Von R. Eshelman and G. L. Tyler; Planetfest '81: Celebration and Hope, by Linda Bridge Beek; Understanding the Earth's Weather and Climate, by Moustafa T. Chahine

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We Are The Martians

We Are The Martians
Vol. 1, No. 5, August/September 1981

Containing feature articles by Bruce Murray; Michael Malin; Ron Greeley; Brian O'Leary; Susan Kovach; Stewart Nozette; James Burke; Freeman Dyson

Where Next? The Exploration of the Terrestrial Planets, by Bruce Murray, Michael C. Malin, and Ronald Greeley; Earth-Approaching Asteroids: Resource or Hazard? by Brian O'Leary; Mars—A Human Outpost, by Leonard David; From Dust to Cinders—A Life of the Solar System, by Stewart Nozette; Missions to the Far Outer Planets, by Susan J. Kovach; A Talk with Freeman Dyson, by Freeman Dyson and James D. Burke

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Planetary Report PDF 1981-4: Europa

Planetary Report PDF 1981-4: Europa
Vol. 1, No. 4, June/July 1981

Containing feature articles by James Burke; Chauncey Uphoff; Maureen Miller; Michael Malin; Conway Snyder

Deep Space Exploration and the Space Shuttle, by James D. Burke; Solar Sailing: A Frontier Transportation System, by Chauncey Uphoff; The Special Case of Galileo Galilei, by Maureen Miller; Ice Worlds, by Michael C. Malin; Giant Landslides in the Mariner Valley on Mars, by Conway Snyder

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Comet West

Comet West
Vol. 1, No. 3, April/May 1981

Containing feature articles by Jacques Blamont; Garry Hunt; Diane Ackerman

The Halley Swarm, by Jacques Blamont; Saturn, by Diane Ackerman; Weather on Jupiter, by Garry E. Hunt

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Titan's Atmosphere

Titan's Atmosphere
Vol. 1, No. 2, February/March 1981

Containing feature articles by Bruce Murray; Charlene Anderson; Garry Hunt; Jeffrey Cuzzi

NASA's Lost Horizons, by Bruce Murray; Titan—A World Unto Itself, by Charlene Anderson; Planetary Weather Report—The Atmosphere of Titan, by Garry E. Hunt; Saturn's Rings: A Voyager Update, by Jeffrey Cuzzi; Global Altimetry Map of Venus, by Stewart Nozette

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