Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
Celebrate 61 years of humans in space, and take a look at the latest news from our exploration of the cosmos.
The Biden Administration proposed $26 billion for NASA — we break down the potential impacts to human exploration and planetary science.
Space exploration comes at a cost, but the investment is always worthwhile.
Pluto, everyone’s favorite former planet, takes center stage in this week’s Downlink.
A future with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses.
115 members of The Planetary Society from 33 states met with 161 congressional offices to support space science and exploration in 2022.
Find annual expenditures, charts, and comparisons for NASA's expenditures on the James Webb Space Telescope, including contributions from the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency over the same period.
Saturn’s icy moon invites further study, and The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft celebrates an anniversary.
Reminisce about the influential Viking missions, picture seeing your all-time favorites on your wall, and get excited for what’s to come.
China’s Zhurong Mars rover snaps a selfie and gets a bird’s-eye-view pic from above, and asteroid hunters of all kinds look out for dangerous rocks.
Venus is an intimidating destination for spacecraft, and we’re pretty sure Earth hasn’t yet been a destination for aliens.
Look at eclipses from the perspective of Earth, the Moon, and beyond. Plus catch up on the week’s space news.
This is the 2nd-largest budget proposal for the space agency in 25 years. It embraces a broad set of NASA programs, including Artemis to the Moon, important science initiatives, and a healthy space technology effort.
Listen to the sounds of the Whirlpool Galaxy and look back at our earliest picture of it.
Planetary Society priorities, including Mars Sample Return and the Roman Space Telescope, were funded by Congress in its NASA budget. But Project Artemis's human landing system received only a fraction of its requested amount, pushing a return to the Moon further into the 2020s.
This unique, comprehensive dataset includes the full budget history, by year, of every NASA planetary science mission and related activities.
A new budget submission from the White House would continue record-high funding for planetary science, but proposes deep cuts to 2 productive Mars missions and defers funding for deep space telescope dedicated to finding hazardous near-Earth objects.
NASA's final 2020 budget rejected every major cut proposed by the Trump Administration, increased funding for popular congressional projects such as the Space Launch System, and underfunded several key administration proposals, including a human-qualified lunar lander and low-Earth orbit commercialization projects.
A bigger budgetary pie allows the space agency's budget to grow—for one year at least.
How much did Project Apollo cost? Planetary Society experts answered that question by revisiting primary sources and reconstructing Apollo's entire cost history from 1960 - 1973.