Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
Much has passed in decades past
With anniversaries come reflections, and there’s a lot to look back on in the history of space.
Gifts from above
The Cosmos has so many gifts to give us, from awe-inspiring images to fascinating discoveries. We’ve got our own set of gifts to recommend too.
Two pale blue dots
Reflecting on Carl Sagan’s influence on this pale blue dot we call Earth.
Planetary Radio has a new host
After 20 years at the helm, our friend and colleague Mat Kaplan is retiring as the host of Planetary Radio. The good news is the show will be in excellent hands after Mat’s departure. We can finally announce Planetary Radio’s new host is Sarah Al-Ahmed.
Catching the passion with Charlene Anderson
An interview with Charlene Anderson, who served as editor of The Planetary Report from 1980 to 2012.
Remembering Missions And Anticipating Those To Come
Reminisce about the influential Viking missions, picture seeing your all-time favorites on your wall, and get excited for what’s to come.
Wish upon a shooting star (or a descending asteroid sample)
Hayabusa2 brings its sample safely to Earth, and the Geminids meteor shower approaches.
A Goodbye, But Not Forever, From Emily Lakdawalla
After 19 years, Emily Lakdawalla is leaving The Planetary Society.
Could there be life on Venus?
Explore exciting news in the search for life beyond Earth, and take a trip down memory lane with our co-founder.
Our Commitment to Work Against Racism
Many of us are having a hard time looking up right now. It’s a painful moment. We here at The Planetary Society recognize we must do more to support Black people, including Black people who love space.
Creating A Movement for Space
A look back at The Planetary Society's founding documents and the origins of the organization.
This Holiday Season, Avoid the Politics and Talk Space Instead
When coming together this holiday season, ditch the politics. Instead, here are 5 conversation topics about space that can inspire and engage everyone.
In 1983, Carl Sagan Urged NASA to Send a Mission to Saturn and Titan
Long before the Cassini-Hugygens spacecraft launched in 1997 to explore Saturn and Titan, The Planetary Society urged NASA to make the mission a reality.
Here's How I'm Celebrating 53 Years of Star Trek
Star Trek Voyager Emergency Medical Hologram and Planetary Society Board member Robert Picardo uncovers rare Star Trek artifacts at The Planetary Society.
Why I Explore
I explore space because I like feeling insignificant. I crave a dark night sky that reminds me that our Sun and even our galaxy are not unique. I find comfort in thinking about countless generations of humans looking at the same sky and asking questions similar to the ones I ask.
LightSail 2 Launch Viewing: Tips & Tricks
LightSail 2 is launching on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is one payload of many on the mission known collectively as STP-2. Space Test Program (STP) is a crucial part of the US Air Force’s development of advanced technologies in space.
Your Impact: June Solstice 2019
The first of two new columns rounds up all the ways Society members are making a difference for space.
Getting an Opportunity to Give Your Presentation
Want to give a presentation on behalf of The Planetary Society in your community? We have tips and tricks for you!
LightSail Launch Event
LightSail 2’s launch window opens on June 22, and we are finalizing plans for our launch viewing celebrations. Once we have finished coordinating the details with the Air Force’s STP-2 mission team and the Kennedy Space Center, we will share them with all of our members and backers so that you can join us in person or remotely via the internet.
100 Planetary Society Members. 25 States. 1 Day of Action.
Society members from across the United States came to Washington, D.C. on their own dime to advocate for space science and exploration.