Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
Red hot space
This week’s roundup of space news and exploration inspiration will leave you seeing red (in the best way possible).
Tianwen-2: China’s Near-Earth asteroid and comet double-header
China is gearing up for an ambitious combined mission to collect samples from a near-Earth asteroid, deliver the material to Earth, and then head off back into deep space to study a comet.
Two pale blue dots
Reflecting on Carl Sagan’s influence on this pale blue dot we call Earth.
VOICE: Will this Chinese candidate mission to Venus fly?
Inside the Venus Volcano Imaging and Climate Explorer (VOICE) proposal, which appears to be gaining momentum.
New wonders to behold
New stars are being born, new missions are being conceived, and new discoveries are being made all the time.
Brighten up your day
JWST captures more astonishing images and insights, and DART gets ready for impact.
Tianwen-3: China’s Mars sample return mission
China's Tianwen-3 aims to be the first to collect samples from Mars and deliver them to Earth, potentially landing back home two years ahead of the NASA and the European Space Agency MSR project
Planets are beautiful and fascinating enough on their own, but there’s no denying that moons and rings add a little something special.
China looks to outer Solar System with nuclear Neptune orbiter
The mission proposal calls for nuclear fission power. Breakthroughs would boost China’s overall exploration capabilities.
First steps and big leaps
Technological innovation is a big part of the fun of space exploration, and you can help make it happen.
A hazy shade of winter
A Martian explorer hunkers down for winter and a planet’s haze is explained.
China is getting serious about planetary defense
Here is what we know about the capabilities and technologies China is considering developing in the near future for near-Earth object monitoring, cataloging, early warning and response.
Eclipses: It’s All About Perspective
Look at eclipses from the perspective of Earth, the Moon, and beyond. Plus catch up on the week’s space news.
This Is What Legally Happens If An Uncontrolled Rocket Damages Something
Space lawyers explain what happens if an object from something like debris from a rocket causes damage or harm.
Jupiter Mission by China Could Include Callisto Landing
China plans to select one of two Jupiter mission concepts that would launch in 2029 and arrive in 2035.