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

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.

The Cost of Perseverance, in Context

The cost of the Perseverance rover disappears into the noise of U.S. spending and represents a more modest investment than you might think.

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.

Perseverance Microphones Fulfill Planetary Society Campaign to Hear Sounds from Mars

The first Mars microphone, sponsored by The Planetary Society, flew aboard NASA's Polar Lander spacecraft, which crashed on the Red Planet in 1999.

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.

Asteroids, asteroids, asteroids!

Gear up for Asteroid Day on 30 June, explore the latest issue of The Planetary Report, and get your fill of space news for the week.

A ring of fire and Titan’s explosive volcanoes

All the latest space news, plus ways you can celebrate and advocate for space.

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.

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.

Visiting Perseverance During Its Final Week at JPL

An undergraduate physics research student describes her visit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to see the Perseverance rover before it shipped to Florida for launch.

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.

Two Mars Missions Are Gutted Despite Near-Record Funding for Planetary Science

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.

What Comes Next on Mars?

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

A New Understanding

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

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.

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.

Curiosity Gazes Upon Noctilucent Clouds Over Gale Crater

Wispy clouds of stunning beauty fly over Curiosity every evening.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: The Final Report

It’s a fall afternoon at Endeavour Crater. The summer winds finally lost their energy and the dust storm season is over. But there are no more signals coming from Earth. No more comm sessions with the orbiters. Nothing like it used to be.

Curiosity Update, Sols 2313-2387: Two New Drill Holes Despite Memory Problems

The Curiosity team is touring Glen Torridon, the Valley of Clay, south of Vera Rubin Ridge, happily photographing everything and zapping rocks. It’s clearly a delight for the team to be in a place they’ve been hoping to reach for 7 years.

HiRISE Team Overcomes Imaging Glitches as Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Eyes another Decade in Orbit

Blurred images and battery issues are no longer an immediate problem.

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