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

Pluto is not the end

One year after the New Horizons Pluto flyby, Emily reflects on its significance.

What NASA Can Learn from SpaceX

SpaceX's announcement that it will send Dragon capsules to Mars demonstrates the advantage of having a clear plan to explore the red planet. NASA should take note.

How Richard Nixon Changed NASA

The end of the Moon race raised the question: what, if anything, was next for NASA? The decisions made by President Nixon in the aftermath of Apollo still impact the space program today.

Our Pathway to Exploration Should Start with the Asteroid Redirect Mission

Despite its rejection by the NRC Committee, we argue that the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is an affordable and logical first step in such a sequence. ARM is not only consistent with the NRC Committee’s own principles, but is also the only near- term initiative that can shape their recommendations into a sustainable human space exploration program. ARM would launch U.S. explorers into deep space beyond the Moon, and fits logically into an exploration program aimed at Mars.

The Adventure of the Planets

Carl Sagan's argument for planetary exploration. Published in the first issue of The Planetary Report magazine.

Space is vast. There's a lot of exploring to do.

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