Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
More worlds, anyone?
The more we search, the more we find. From exoplanets to moons to asteroids, the list of worlds just keeps growing.
By Jove! (Literally)
Jupiter’s moons have always been exciting to explore, and a new era of Jovian moon research is about to begin.
Best space pictures of the month: October 2022
Stunning views of Europa and the Eagle Nebula headline our roundup of space images released last month.
Persevering through it all
Exploration will always face setbacks, but this week’s Downlink reminds us of the impressive human ability to persevere.
Blurring the lines between imagination and reality
The realities of space go beyond what we can see, and perhaps even beyond what we can imagine.
We love Lucy
Everything you need to know about NASA’s Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids.
NASA’s Lucy mission: an odyssey to the Trojan asteroids
On October 16, NASA's Lucy spacecraft is expected to depart for the Trojan asteroids — rocky bodies that share an orbit with Jupiter.
The Space Advocate Newsletter, October 2021
Lucy kicks off a beefier era of Discovery.
Some good old-fashioned space mysteries
Exploration is teaching us a lot about the cosmos, and a lot about how much we still don’t know.
10 years after launching, Juno is still showing us Jupiter’s stunning beauty.
Cosmic streaks, smudges, and fuzz
See images of the cosmos that reflect fascinating features of worlds and stars, and take action to advance exploration.
The Next 10 Years
Six scientists share the major planetary science discoveries of the past decade, and the questions that will drive the next 10 years of solar system exploration.
NASA’s Lucy mission gets caught in a fight between rocket companies
SpaceX says it wants to save NASA money, but its actions could cost taxpayers more in the end.
Lucy and Psyche Asteroid Missions
Last week, NASA selected its thirteenth and fourteenth missions in its low cost Discovery program.
NASA is visiting 8 asteroids in 8 years. Here are 8 things to know about the missions
NASA announced two new asteroid missions today named Lucy and Psyche that will fill important gaps in our understanding of how the solar system was formed. Here are eight things to know about the two missions.
Countdown to the Next NASA Discovery Mission Selection
If NASA’s managers hold to their schedule, we will learn sometime this month what NASA’s next planetary mission will be.
Van Kane rounds up the missions selected to move onto the next round in NASA's Discovery proposal process.
NASA announces five Discovery proposals selected for further study
NASA announced the first-round selections for its next Discovery mission today. A total of five planetary mission concepts -- three targeted at asteroids, two at Venus -- will move to the next stage of the competition.
Proposals to Explore the Solar System’s Smallest Worlds
Van Kane rounds up some of the latest NASA Discovery mission proposals aiming to explore our solar system's smallest bodies.
Selecting the Next Creative Idea for Exploring the Solar System
With the release of the official Announcement of Opportunity (AO) early in November, NASA has officially begun the competition to select its next low cost ($450M) Discovery program planetary mission. Because planetary scientists are free to propose missions to any destination in the solar system other than the sun and Earth, these competitions bring out the creativity in the planetary science program.