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

NASA and JAXA to Send Planetary Society-supported Sample Technology to the Moon and Phobos

PlanetVac, developed by Honeybee Robotics, is designed to be a reliable, flexible, low-cost sample collection technology.

Planetary Society Grant Winner Discovers Large Near-Earth Asteroid

The kilometer-wide object won't hit Earth, but would cause global-scale devastation if it did.

Planetary Society Grant Winners Deal with Delays, Hunt Asteroids, and Discover Comet

Every 6 months, we ask our recent Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winners for a progress report. Here's what they told us.

Perseverance Rover Scientists Make Plans for Mars

As the launch of NASA's Perseverance rover approaches, scientists for the Mastcam-Z instrument prepare for the rover's science activities.

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.

Your Impact: March Equinox 2020

Celebrating Shoemaker Grant winners, Society awards, and volunteer efforts around the world.

Here's What We've Learned So Far from LightSail 2

A new paper recaps mission events, discusses solar sail performance, and describes how the spacecraft's orbit has changed.

Announcing the 2019 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners

Six proposals are awarded a total of $57,906. The winners come from 4 countries on 3 continents.

The Biggest Little Asteroid Observatory

The Center for Solar System Studies, a perennial Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winner, is a small observatory that makes big contributions to near-Earth asteroid research.

Planetary Society Talks Europa, Planetary Defense, and Solar Sailing in Washington D.C.

Thanks to our members and donors, The Planetary Society participated in several activities at the 2019 International Astronautical Conference.

“I Talk to It Every Day”: Students are Vital Members of LightSail 2 Team

More than 50,000 people supported LightSail 2. But only one person can talk to the spacecraft at a time, and it's often a student.

NASA to Build New Asteroid-Hunting Space Telescope

The yet-to-be-named telescope would launch as soon as 2024, as part of NASA's new, multi-pronged approach to planetary defense.

Bill Nye, Planetary Society Staff Listen to LightSail 2 Signal

When LightSail 2 recently flew south of The Planetary Society's headquarters, CEO Bill Nye and other staff members stepped outside to listen.

Calling All Image Processors: Help Us Create a Top-Down View of LightSail 2

We've got 2 fish-eye pictures of the spacecraft's solar sail from opposite cameras, and we're hoping they can be combined.

Your Impact: September Equinox 2019

Your LightSail 2 spacecraft is in space, controlling its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

LightSail 2 Marks 1 Month of Solar Sailing

LightSail 2's orbital high point around the Earth has raised by 7.2 kilometers, without any conventional fuel.

How to See LightSail 2 in the Night Sky

If your latitude is within 42 degrees of the equator, there's a chance you may be able to spot LightSail 2's reflective solar sail.

LightSail 2 Nears 2 Weeks of Solar Sailing

The high point of the spacecraft's orbit around the Earth on Monday was 729 kilometers, an increase of 3.2 kilometers since sail deployment.

LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers.

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