On the Cover: Scars like this are rare on Earth's face. Our home planet constantly resurfaces itself, eventually wiping clean the evidence that, over the aeons, it has been struck repeatedly by Objects from space. Meteor Crater in Arizona, pictured here, was once thought to be the remains of a volcanic eruption. A young planetary scientist named Eugene Shoemaker was the first to demonstrate that this crater was blasted out by an impacting asteroid. Shoemaker went on to illuminate the role of asteroids and comets in the history of our solar system. U.S. Geological Survey
4 What Now With the Soviets? Louis Friedman asks what will happen with future space missions with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
8 Rovers! Using Mobile Robots as Planetary Explorers: Donna Pivirottoexplains how we can explore other planets with robotic companions.
14 Revisiting Mars: Landslide in Ophir Chasma: Charlene Andersonshowcases stunning Viking images of massive landslides in part of Mars' giant Valles Marineris.
18 Eugene Merle Shoemaker: A Pioneer of Planetary Science: Bettyann Kevlesreflects on the important contributions Shoemaker made to the study of impact cratering.