Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
As the launch of NASA's Perseverance rover approaches, scientists for the Mastcam-Z instrument prepare for the rover's science activities.
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.
The maps will help plan scientific field trips for the rover as it explores an ancient river delta.
Celebrating Shoemaker Grant winners, Society awards, and volunteer efforts around the world.
A new paper recaps mission events, discusses solar sail performance, and describes how the spacecraft's orbit has changed.
Six proposals are awarded a total of $57,906. The winners come from 4 countries on 3 continents.
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.
Thanks to our members and donors, The Planetary Society participated in several activities at the 2019 International Astronautical Conference.
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.
The yet-to-be-named telescope would launch as soon as 2024, as part of NASA's new, multi-pronged approach to planetary defense.
When LightSail 2 recently flew south of The Planetary Society's headquarters, CEO Bill Nye and other staff members stepped outside to listen.
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 LightSail 2 spacecraft is in space, controlling its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.
LightSail 2's orbital high point around the Earth has raised by 7.2 kilometers, without any conventional fuel.
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.
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.
In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers.
Images from The Planetary Society's spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 July 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).
Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.
The target ground station pass for deployment starts 23 July 2019 at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC).
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