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An Asteroid As Big As the Vatican

JAXA's Hayabusa spacecraft takes a sample of Dr. Bruce Betts' property in this week's Random Space Fact! (Roma Edition)



How NASA's Budget Is Made (part 2)

Once the President's Budget Request is finished, there are still several more steps before the budget is complete. Here we take you through the second part of the budgeting process and explain why it's so important to follow in order to help NASA get the most money it can every year.



Bill Nye the Surfing Guy!

LightSail is communicating with us once again! There has been a lot to celebrate this month. Here's a look back at how we celebrated the successful launch of this test mission.



Castor and Pollux...and Ecurb

Meanwhile, back in Rome...Twins are the subject of temples and constellations far off in the distance. Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!



LightSail's Atlas V Rocket Rolls Into Position

On Tuesday, May 19, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft rolled out to the launch pad. Liftoff on the 20th was a success! In this video, the Atlas is rolling, rolling, rolling—and getting into place for the launch!



LightSail Lifts Off

On May 20, 2015, our first LightSail prototype launched from Cape Canaveral aboard an Atlas V rocket.



Solar Sailing

This very special episode of RSF is here just in time for the LightSail test flight on May 20th. Dr. Bruce Betts and his new friend tell you about the power of light and solar sailing!



Buy A Brick: Claim Your Place in Our Space

You know The Planetary Society has always been Your Place In Space. Now you can join us in claiming some space here on Earth by purchasing a piece of our new headquarters through our Buy a Brick Campaign (



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