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Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.

Sample acquired! And: is your name in space?

Get the full scoop on Bennu and Venus, and get yourself the most cosmic face mask out there.

High-fiving Bennu and slingshotting Venus

Get ready for OSIRIS-REx’s upcoming sample collection and share your gift ideas for space lovers.

Your Guide to the OSIRIS-REx sample collection

NASA's OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu on 20 October 2020.

NASA and JAXA to Send Planetary Society-supported Sample Technology to the Moon and Phobos

PlanetVac, developed by Honeybee Robotics, is designed to be a reliable, flexible, low-cost sample collection technology.

How to stop microbes from hitching a ride to space

Learn about planetary protection for exploring other worlds and get caught up on the week’s space news.

Meet Orbilander, a Mission to Search for Life on Enceladus

A team of scientists are pitching NASA a mission that would sample Enceladus' plumes from orbit and the surface.

Jupiter dazzles and Neptune beckons

Feast your eyes on these images from space, catch up on the latest in exploration news, and get the lowdown on what’s up in the night sky.

We’re over the Moon for… well, for the Moon!

Everything you need to celebrate the Moon this week, plus a way you can help NASA thrive in 2021.

Can the Moon be upside down?

When you think about how the Moon looks in the night sky, you might never have considered that it looks different to people in other parts of the world. But really, perspective is all relative.

A Goodbye, But Not Forever, From Emily Lakdawalla

After 19 years, Emily Lakdawalla is leaving The Planetary Society.

A Planetary Society Retrospective

Look back at the remarkable achievements our members have made over the past 4 decades, alongside other space milestones and events.

Your Impact: September Equinox 2020

We’ve made some big changes to planetary.org, as we continue to advance advocacy, defend Earth, and chart the future of space exploration.

Could there be life on Venus?

Explore exciting news in the search for life beyond Earth, and take a trip down memory lane with our co-founder.

Night Sky Photography for Beginners

An introduction to full-sky astrophotography using a digital camera.

Did Scientists Just Find Life on Venus? Here's How to Interpret the Phosphine Discovery

A Venusian biosignature, if confirmed, does not guarantee life, but it does represent a compelling argument for further exploration.

What’s up (and down) in space?

Wrap your head around orientations in space, and learn the latest in space exploration news.

Planetary Society Grant Winner Discovers Large Near-Earth Asteroid

The kilometer-wide object won't hit Earth, but would cause global-scale devastation if it did.

A devil on Mars and defenders of Earth

From dust devils and craters on the Martian surface to spots on the Sun, we’re taking a look at everything new and exciting in space science and exploration this week.

Mars approaches Earth, and Earthlings dream of going to Mars

Looking back into space and time, and looking forward to mission milestones and new endeavors. All this and more in your weekly space digest.

Looking up at bright planets, asteroids, and burning trash

Get an update on the latest in space exploration, and find out how you can help defend the Earth from asteroid impacts.

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