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

Jupiter from near and far, and two humans return to Earth

This week, learn about the conditions of the early solar system and get ready for next week’s meteor shower, plus more.

Say hello to Saturn and bon voyage to Perseverance

With 3 spacecraft en route to Mars, we’re sharing mission news, Martian maps, and a chance to meet Bill Nye.

Missions to Mars, and exoplanets caught on camera

Everything you need to know about two missions en route to Mars and another gearing up for launch, plus the rest of the week’s space news.

Imaging and imagination in space

Learn about The Planetary Society’s vision for the next decade of exploration and get up to speed on space news.

Mars in all its glory, and a planet as hot as a star

Dive into Mars mania and catch up on this week’s space exploration updates.

Sample Return Roundup

It's a banner year for sample return missions. In 2020, China, Japan, and the United States are all scheduled to have sample return missions in flight, seeking to retrieve material from near-Earth asteroids, the Moon, and eventually Mars.

Perseverance, optimism, and an undeniably cool poster

The week’s space news, plus action you can take to advance exploration.

Committed to doing the work

Our initial plans to proactively work against racism, along with the week’s space news.

Our New Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

The Planetary Society has a new improved guide to all the places we've landed—or crashed—on Mars, plus planned locations for the upcoming Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

Weather scrubs a launch, forms Mars dunes, and inspires art

Get ready for the rescheduled Crew Dragon launch and catch up on the highlights of the week in space.

Martian mud and a milestone in human spaceflight

Get your space exploration news and see what happens when you leave paint on the launchpad.

Here's How Scientists Mapped the Perseverance Rover's Landing Site

The maps will help plan scientific field trips for the rover as it explores an ancient river delta.

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.

Star Trek: Picard Gets the Martian Landscape Right

The visual effects for the new television series Star Trek: Picard show a wonderfully realistic Mars in panoramic views that obviously rely upon NASA and ESA imagery. This article is spoiler-free except for the disclosure of an important event depicted in the opening moments of the show.

Is the Moon a Stepping Stone or a Cornerstone for Mars?

New legislation proposed in the House of Representatives would radically shift NASA's human spaceflight efforts away from the Moon and back to Mars.

A New Understanding

Abigail Fraeman examines how the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, changed our view of Mars.

What Comes Next on Mars?

Javier Gómez-Elvira anticipates the next phase of the search for life on the Red Planet.

Mars 2020 Rover almost Assembled

Last week, technicians installed the carousel that holds the tools and drill bits that will be used to collect samples for future return to Earth.

NASA, ESA Officials Outline Latest Mars Sample Return Plans

The current strategy includes the Mars 2020 rover, a lander carrying a rover and ascent vehicle, and an Earth return orbiter.

InSight Update: A Couple More Tiny Quakes and Heat Probe Progress

InSight has detected a couple more small Marsquakes, and the team has lifted the housing of the heat probe off the ground, exposing the top of the mole in a surprisingly wide hole.

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