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

Earthlings off-planet

Celebrate 61 years of humans in space, and take a look at the latest news from our exploration of the cosmos.

Another Day in Action

115 members of The Planetary Society from 33 states met with 161 congressional offices to support space science and exploration in 2022.

How much does the James Webb Space Telescope cost?

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.

The Icy Intrigue of Enceladus

Saturn’s icy moon invites further study, and The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft celebrates an anniversary.

Venusian Probes and UFOs

Venus is an intimidating destination for spacecraft, and we’re pretty sure Earth hasn’t yet been a destination for aliens.

Congress Comes Through for NASA Science, But Not Artemis

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.

NASA Rings in the New Year with $22.6 billion

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.

Reconstructing the Cost of the One Giant Leap

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.

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