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Webcomic: Poetry in space
Take a delightful, pixelated journey with French artist Boulet as he explains his love for the
[Updated] The United States of Space Advocates
See which states have the highest number of space advocates writing Congress and the White House to support planetary exploration.
The Planetary Society Visits Camp Imgur
Last weekend Imgur hosted a weekend camp for their members and invited Merc Boyan to come out and talk about space and The Society!
Name Hayabusa2's asteroid target!
Have you ever wanted to name an asteroid? JAXA is offering the opportunity to name Hayabusa2's target asteroid, 1999 JU3 to the public through a contest that runs through August 31.
The Mapping of Pluto Begins Today
When New Horizons flies past Pluto in July, we will see a new, alien landscape in stark detail. At that point, we will have a lot to talk about. The only way we can talk about it is if those features, whatever they turn out to be, have names.
Launch Pad Animals, Ranked
A semi-authoritative ranking of creatures that co-inhabit rocket launch sites around the world.
Space Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill
The Space Exploration Alliance wrapped up its most recent 'legislative blitz' last week. Nearly 70 individuals participated in the democratic process, speaking to nearly 168 difference offices in Congress. Nearly half of those individuals were Planetary Society members.
Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 2
Tanya Harrison wraps up the final week of Mars sample return analogue mission operations at the Canadian Space Agency.
Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 1
Tanya Harrison reports on Canada's efforts to simulate a Mars sample return mission here on Earth.
Spacecraft phone home: Cool Deep Space Network data visualization
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That time I took a selfie with Neil Tyson and the President of the United States
Last week, my fellow Board Member Neil deGrasse Tyson and I were invited to be presenters at the first edition of the White House Film Festival. Neil asked the President if we could take a selfie with him. In those few moments, the President, Neil, and I spoke about science and space exploration.
Pounding the Pavement in Congress, Together
A coalition of grassroots pro-space advocates descended on Washington, D.C. this week, and held over 100 meetings with representatives and staff throughout Congress to argue for increased investment in NASA.
Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 12: Encyclopedia Galactica
Cosmos returns in fine form in its penultimate episode. Sagan explores the historical and scientific precedents for the search for extraterrestrial life (SETI) and our human desires to not be alone in the universe.
Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 11: The Persistence of Memory
Cosmos stumbles with an episode that is plodding, scattered, and more than a little preachy. This episode will only persist in my memory as a shadow of what could have been.
Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 10: The Edge of Forever
Carl Sagan takes us from the birth to the death of the universe. How do we reconcile our place within a universe that will die? Join us for the latest discussion on episode 10 of Cosmos.
It's that time of year again: Happy LPSC deadline day, and happy haiku
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Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 9: The Lives of the Stars
This episode highlights the other big idea in Cosmos: that we are profoundly connected with the universe around us. Our constituent parts are forged in the bellies of massive stars; we exist through their deaths.
Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 8: Journeys Through Space and Time
Sagan makes us confront the limitations of our mortality given the immensities of space and time presented to us by the cosmos.
Watch this with your kids: Asteroid Fact versus Fiction
A cute video from the OSIRIS-REx mission in the style of
Don't Miss Voyager Head Scientist Ed Stone on the Colbert Report
Voyager Chief Scientist Ed Stone was the featured guest on the Colbert Report to celebrate the spacecraft's entry into interstellar space.