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

Far from alone

How exoplanet discoveries reshape the prospect of alien life.

Old becomes new

A star will become visible in the night sky, and old data from Venus yield new discoveries.

What are competed planetary missions?

A critical part of a balanced exploration program, competed missions are scientist-led projects that cost less and occur more frequently than large, flagship-class missions.

Can you imagine?

From visionary technologies to unusual planetary views, this week’s Downlink will challenge your imagination.

Volcanoes are so hot right now

From Mars to Io, volcanoes top the list of hottest things in space right now — both literally and figuratively.

What are planets made of?

A look at the compositions of terrestrial planets, gas giants, and ice giants in our Solar System.

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