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

Mars Microphone Ready for Duty

The Planetary Society's Mars Microphone is on board the Mars Polar Lander, and as far as we can tell, in good shape.

The 1999 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

In 1999, The Planetary Society awarded $28,000 (US) to an international group of researchers in support of near-Earth asteroid detection and characterization efforts.

Latest Round of Mars Microphone Tests Successful

The Mars Microphone has successfully gone through its latest round of testing in preparation for launch on the Mars Surveyor spacecraft in January 1999.

The 1997 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

In 1997, The Planetary Society awarded $35,000 (US) to an international group of researchers in support of near-Earth asteroid detection and characterization efforts.

While We Weren't Watching: Apollo's Scientific Exploration of the Moon

Apollo gave us our money's worth. The Apollo lunar samples, totaling 381 kilograms (838 pounds), along with thousands of photographs and other data, are still yielding clues to the world that has been our Rosetta stone for deciphering planetary evolution.

The Gift of Apollo

Carl Sagan writes that once upon a time, we soared into the solar system. For a few years. Then we hurried back. Why? What happened? What was Apollo really about?

The Adventure of the Planets

Carl Sagan's argument for planetary exploration. Published in the first issue of The Planetary Report magazine.

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