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

A planetary smash-up

A comet collided with Jupiter 30 years ago, and the resulting images still inspire awe and wonder today.

Rockets rock!

Rockets are an integral part of spaceflight, and this week they get the attention and admiration they deserve.

Charting the course for discovery

On June 28, 2024, The Planetary Society hosted a policy briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with the goal of educating congressional aides and advisors on the fundamental elements that drive NASA’s success in space science and the challenges facing the enterprise of scientific discovery.

2024 Shoemaker NEO Grant winner updates

Every two years, The Planetary Society awards a series of grants to asteroid hunters through our Shoemaker Near-Earth Object (NEO) Grant program. Here's the latest from some of our recent grant recipients.

Now you see me…

Where and when to spot the ISS, learn what asteroids are made of, and search for life in the Cosmos.

What are binary asteroids?

Binary asteroid systems can be found near Earth, in the main asteroid belt, beyond Neptune, and more.

What are asteroids made of?

C-type, S-type, and M-type are the three most common kinds of asteroids. Here's what each type is made of.

Space superlatives

From the largest and most active volcanoes in space to the exoplanet with the “best hair,” this week is all about superlatives.

Europe goes to Mars

NASA and ESA have signed a partnership agreement to get the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover down to the surface of Mars, getting the mission back on track after geopolitical factors delayed it.

The Planetary Society remembers Ed Stone

Edward C. Stone, Caltech's David Morrisroe Professor of Physics, Emeritus, passed away on June 9 at the age of 88. Stone was a prominent figure in space physics and planetary astronomy, where he led numerous space missions and significantly advanced the field. He was also a cherished friend of The Planetary Society.

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