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

Your Impact: September Equinox 2019

Your LightSail 2 spacecraft is in space, controlling its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

Getting an Opportunity to Give Your Presentation

Want to give a presentation on behalf of The Planetary Society in your community? We have tips and tricks for you!

Book Announcement and Excerpt: Astronomy for Kids

For Astronomy Day, Bruce announces his new book Astronomy for Kids, provides excerpts, and gives some bonus planet observing info.

#AGU17: JunoCam science

JunoCam may be an outreach instrument, but its superb photos of storms on Jupiter are providing plenty of data for scientists to talk about.

Cubes in Space

Aspiring astrophysicist Julie Seven Sage reports from the launch of student-designed CubeSat payloads at NASA's Wallops Flight Center.

Did a Planetary Society citizen scientist help find one of Earth’s biggest impact craters?

Scientists have found what appears to be a 250-kilometer-wide crater near the Falkland Islands. Is it ground zero for Earth's largest-ever extinction event?

Our asteroid hunters are trying to save the world. Here’s what they’ve been up to

Here are some recent reports from our NEO Shoemaker Grant program asteroid observers, who are quite literally trying to save the world.

Citizen scientist spots changes on Rosetta's comet

Citizen scientist and self-described

DPS 2015: First reconnaissance of Ceres by Dawn

This is the first major meeting since Dawn's arrival at Ceres, and despite competition with Pluto surface science there was a well-attended Ceres talk session on Monday and poster session on Tuesday.

ESA's cool new interactive comet visualization tool based on amateur imaging work with open data

A terrific new visualization tool for comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko demonstrates the value of sharing mission image data with the public. The browser-based tool lets you spin a simulated 3D view of the comet. It began with a 3D model of the comet created not by ESA, but by a space enthusiast, Mattias Malmer.

Help map Mars' south polar region!

The science team of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter wants your help in mapping out the weird and wonderful features of Mars' south polar region!

We Love A Crowd!

This month, at the same time that The Planetary Society is launching the long-anticipated LightSail prototype for a shakedown cruise, we are excited to launch another “first”—our first-ever Kickstarter campaign.

Mars Academy

A new project—

2007 Shoemaker Grant Still Yielding Asteroid Science

Telescope purchased in 2007 with the support of a Shoemaker grant is still in service and has worked on over 100 near-Earth asteroids over its 8 years of operation.

New camera improves a California near-Earth asteroid program

A new camera is improving the efficiency of the Near-Earth Asteroid Program at the Center for Solar System Studies. This update from Shoemaker NEO Grant winner Bob Stephens reveals amazing recent progress using his 2013 Planetary Society grant.

Hunting Binary Asteroids

Thanks to The Planetary Society’s Shoemaker NEO Grant program, a new telescope has been brought to bear focusing on searching for and understanding the properties of binary asteroid systems.

[email protected] Finds Some Stardust

What’s new at [email protected], the groundbreaking program that asked volunteers to help find interstellar dust particles collected by the spacecraft Stardust.

Interstellar Dust Grains Found by [email protected]

Seven possible interstellar dust grains have been found by [email protected], a citizen scientist project that The Planetary Society helped out early on. The dust grains would be the first ever examples of contemporary interstellar dust.

My Own Corner of Mars

How I took a high-res photo of an intriguing spot on the Red Planet--and how you can, too.

Returning Explorers

ICE has been on a journey for over 30 years around our sun. While the owner has decided not to bring the ship back to its home port, a group of radio amateurs tries to find out how ICE is doing.

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