Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
Breaking new ground
Whether it’s a mission, a policy decision, or an individual person, sometimes all it takes is one thing to change the way we explore.
First steps and big leaps
Technological innovation is a big part of the fun of space exploration, and you can help make it happen.
Tracks in the Wilderness
Pioneer trails extend all the way to Mars.
A new map of Mars from some pretty old data
The United States Geological Survey recently issued an improved version of the Viking color map of Mars. This 40-year-old data set still provides the prettiest global-scale map of the planet.
Book Review: The International Atlas of Mars Exploration, by Phil Stooke
I've been waiting for the publication of this book for years. Phil Stooke's International Atlas of Mars Exploration, just published by Cambridge University Press, is an exhaustively awesome labor of love, chronicling the first five decades of Mars exploration in pictures, maps, and facts.
Mars Exploration Family Portrait
Jason Davis put together this neat summary of the checkered history of Mars exploration.
Curiosity in context: Not exactly "Viking on wheels," but close
As I was beginning my research for my two magazine articles on the Curiosity rover's upcoming mission to Mars, I needed to figure out for myself how exactly this gigantic, ungainly machine fit in to the context of past Martian missions.
Way-cool Martian flyovers by Doug Ellison
Doug Ellison has been playing with Martian digital terrain models recently, to great effect.
Happy Christmas on Mars!
This was so cute I had to repost it -- and record it too.