Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
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.
The best gift ideas for space fans in 2022
The perfect presents for the space enthusiasts in your life, hand-picked by our staff and other space fans.
Let’s not forget the other Mars explorers
This week we take a look at some of the amazing Mars exploration being conducted, and celebrate the highlights of space in 2021.
Optimism, ethics and pride
The values that have driven space exploration since its beginnings are still going strong today.
Gifts for space lovers
Looking for the best space gifts for the holidays? Whether you’re shopping for the space enthusiast in your life or are looking for ideas for your own wish list, we’ve got you covered. This space gift guide brings together suggestions from the people who love space the most: Planetary Society members and supporters.
This Year's Best Space Gifts, According to Our Members
Shopping for someone who loves space? Here's our 2020 gift guide.
Star Trek: Picard Gets the Martian Landscape Right
The visual effects for the new television series Star Trek: Picard show a wonderfully realistic Mars in panoramic views that obviously rely upon NASA and ESA imagery. This article is spoiler-free except for the disclosure of an important event depicted in the opening moments of the show.
The Best Gifts for Space Fans, According to 12 Scientists, Engineers and Educators
The Planetary Society's 2019 holiday gift guide will help you find space-themed gifts for kids and adults.
Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2019
Welcome to my 11th annual list of recommended space books for kids! This year I had more than 80 books to read, and I've winnowed the list to recommend 29. There are books for all ages from 0 to 18 and beyond.
Emily's Recommended Kids' Space Books: Special Apollo 11 Anniversary Edition for July 2019
So many Apollo-related books have come out in the first half of 2019 that I decided to cover them in a special summer book-recommendation blog. I have 5 brand-new Apollo-related books to recommend for kids, and include others I've recommended in past years.
Gift Ideas From Space Enthusiasts For Space Enthusiasts
We’ve rounded up some space gift ideas and recommendations from several of our staff to help bring some of the cosmos into your holidays.
Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2018
Welcome to my 10th annual list of recommended space books for kids! Fiction, nonfiction, biography; poetry, prose, and pictures; it's all here.
A Joyless 'First Man'
Space fans will enjoy the movie for its depictions of early spaceflight itself. But it avoids the richness and complexity of human experience, leaving behind awe and joy in favor of an emotional landscape as uninviting as the Moon.
Book Announcement and Excerpt: Astronomy for Kids
For Astronomy Day, Bruce announces his new book Astronomy for Kids, provides excerpts, and gives some bonus planet observing info.
Book Review: The Space Barons
A new book focuses on the eccentric leaders of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic.
Emily's recommended space books for kids of all ages, 2017
Welcome to my ninth annual recommendations and gift guide to books about space, planets, and astronauts for kids of all ages!
Review: 'Discovery' is a bold, new addition to the Star Trek franchise
In a review of Star Trek: Discovery, Jason Davis says he expected Discovery to be a cross between Enterprise and the new reboot movies. Instead, the show turned out to be something else entirely.
Book Review: Sun Moon Earth
With the North American Total Solar Eclipse coming on August 21, people across the continent are getting eclipse mania! Astronomer Tyler Nordgren has written a detailed book on eclipses with a special focus on the August 21st event.
Hidden Figures: Triumphant in the theater, sobering after
Go see Hidden Figures, and bring your kids. Despite its serious subject matter, the movie is joyful, often funny, and, in the end, triumphant.
Review: ‘Rogue One’ is Star Wars comfort food
In a review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Davis says you're more likely to enjoy the film if you embrace it as comfort food—a story line that fits into a larger sequence of Star Wars events you already know.