Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
When searching for extraterrestrial life, we have to base our hunt on what we know about life on our own planet. This may seem limiting, but there's a lot we can learn from the astonishingly diverse lifeforms we have here on Earth.
The terrain of Iceland – the Land of Ice and Fire – has some very interesting similarities to Europa.
Returning to the Moon won’t be easy, even though we’ve been there before.
The first astrobiology session at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference featured talks on a huge variety of interesting topics, and was one of my favorite sessions at the meeting.
The Austrian Space Forum is leading a four-week Mars mission in Oman's Dhofar Desert.
Tonight, a four-person crew will seal themselves inside a three-story habitat at NASA's Johnson Space Center, kicking off a simulated 45-day mission to an asteroid. One crewmember shares his thoughts before entering.
Martian gullies were in the spotlight last week thanks to a NASA press release stating they were
There are two types of atmospheric waves that are critically important on Earth and other planets: gravity waves and planetary waves.
The Planetary Deep Drill is being tested in a California gypsum mine. Several Planetary Society staff took a road trip to visit the ongoing Honeybee Robotics test of this prototype robotic drill that could one day drill hundreds of meters into planetary ices.
Planetary scientist Ralph Lorenz briefs us on the current state of our knowledge on dust devils on Earth and Mars.
Deepak Dhingra reports on a planetary analog field trip exploring a very young volcanic terrain in Idaho at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.
Students gather in the desert to answer the University Rover Challenge, pushing the limits of the tech that will drive future Mars exploration.
Planetary scientist Nathan Bridges reports on results from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference about the action of wind on the surfaces of Mars and Titan.
The 45th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, usually focused on terrestrial studies, shifted this year to planetary science. Ted Stryk gives us an overview.
Tanya Harrison wraps up the final week of Mars sample return analogue mission operations at the Canadian Space Agency.
Tanya Harrison reports on Canada's efforts to simulate a Mars sample return mission here on Earth.
The fictional world Tatooine, scene of action in the Star Wars movies, is named after a town in Tunisia, where parts of the movies were filmed. The desert backdrops against which the movies were filmed are real terrestrial landscapes, which prove to be perhaps unexpectedly dynamic.
Mars and Earth share a truly striking family resemblance, but there's no mistaking which one is home.
With Mars at opposition once again, astronomers around the world will soon be looking up for our best telescopic views of the Red Planet. But next weekend, I and a group of scientists will be turning our gaze downward for views of that alien planet.
This is the first in a series of posts based on field notes and memories supplemented by background reading material from the Meteor Crater Field Camp that was held from October 17-23, 2010.