Volume 31, number 4
September Equinox 2011
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6 Planetary Radio Wins Parsec Award: Somewhere out there, a very happy listener nominated us for a Parsec Award...and we won! By Mat Kaplan
10 Launching Organisms, Solving Anomalies, and Naming an Asteroid: Thanks to our members, new science is happening! But that's not all—you could help name a spacecraft too. By Bruce Betts
12 Vesta: A Revelation: Not only did he travel from Spain to Germany to work on an American space program, but he also discovered the answer to a nagging question. By Pablo Gutierrez-Marques
14 Target: Gale: Now that we know water played a part in Mars' history, where do we go next? Emily Stewart Lakdawalla digs deep into the process of choosing the next landing site.
Planetary Society Kids: How do we detect far-away planets? Build this simple project to amaze your friends!
2 Snapshots from Space Finally showing up at Endeavour.
4 Your Place in Space Bill Nye keeps traveling: Cornell University, Cape Canaveral, and the nation's Capital, all to advocate space.
7 Q&A Could we be affected by neighboring galaxies?
8 Members' Dialogue Defining a Planetary Society goal.
9 Factinos A Trojan asteroid; how about a double planet?
13 What's Up? A lunar eclipse in December.
22 Volunteer Spotlight The Mensa convention in Portland, Oregon.
23 MySky Members' photos of the sky.