Volume 21, number 5
Pale Blue Dot
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4 Opinion: Calibrating Success in Science: How Failure Fits In: Glenn Cunningham reflects here on the role of failure in space flight.
6 Touchdown! NEAR's Historic Landing: NEAR team leaders Robert Farquhar, Joseph Veverka, and Bobby Williams report to us on their scientific discoveries and on the spacecraft's daring landing on the asteroid Eros.
12 Looking Back, Moving Forward: Assessing Our Solar Sail Test Flight: Louis Friedman gives the reasons for the failure of the Cosmos 1 test flight, as well as our next steps in our effort to fly the first solar sail.
19 Teaching Science Under African Skies: George T. Whitesides tells us about this inspirational project which The Planetary Society helped sponsor.
18 World Watch Hope for the future in the wake of the 9-11 attacks
19 Society News New logo and new member benefits
20 Q&A What's to prevent a meteorite or a piece of space junk from hitting and damaging a solar sail? How Many celestial objects have been cataloged in our solar system?