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High-fiving Bennu and slingshotting Venus

Get ready for OSIRIS-REx’s upcoming sample collection and share your gift ideas for space lovers.

Your Guide to the OSIRIS-REx sample collection

NASA's OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu on 20 October 2020.

Jupiter dazzles and Neptune beckons

Feast your eyes on these images from space, catch up on the latest in exploration news, and get the lowdown on what’s up in the night sky.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Next 10 Years

Six scientists share the major planetary science discoveries of the past decade, and the questions that will drive the next 10 years of solar system exploration.

China Considers Voyager-like Mission to Interstellar Space

The mission includes a flyby of Neptune and measurements of the heliosphere, the electrically charged gas bubble surrounding our solar system

How the European Space Agency Does Planetary Defense

Defending the planet from the hazard of potential asteroid impacts requires investments from the whole world. In Europe, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union both support work to understand and mitigate the threats from near-Earth objects.

How NASA's Planetary Defense Budget Grew By More Than 4000% in 10 years

NASA used to spend more on travel for its employees at headquarters than it did on finding dangerous near-Earth asteroids. Now it’s building asteroid-hunting space telescopes. What changed?

The State of Planetary Defense

Vishnu Reddy delivers a sober but hopeful report on our understanding of near-Earth objects, their dangers, and our readiness.

The September Equinox 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

A new issue of The Planetary Report brings you our pride in the success of LightSail 2 and our gratitude to our members for making it happen. Plus Venus science from Akatsuki and Venus Express, and the status of planetary defense.

Hayabusa2 Lander Mania: Results from MASCOT, Plans for MINERVA-II2

Japan's sample return spacecraft only has about 3 months left at asteroid Ryugu. Its next action will be to drop more stuff on the surface.

Here's How the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will Revolutionize Small-Body Science

The LSST is expected to increase the number of known small bodies by more than a factor of 10.

OSIRIS-REx Team Picks 4 Candidate Sample Sites on Asteroid Bennu

The sites each have unique characteristics that would advance the field of asteroid science.

Hayabusa2 Nailed its Second Touchdown on Asteroid Ryugu

JAXA's sample collection spacecraft touched down just 60 centimeters away from its aimpoint.

Hayabusa2 makes second touchdown on asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has touched down on Ryugu for a second time, bagging samples which hopefully contain material from the subsurface of the asteroid.

OSIRIS-REx Sets Low-Orbit Record, Enters New Orbital B Mission Phase

Last week, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission announced that they had achieved an orbit above asteroid Bennu with an altitude of only 680 meters. Now they are surveying for landing sites and have invited the public's help.

Rosetta’s Ancient Comet

Rosetta is a European Space Agency mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Operating such a complex mission with its 11 instruments and Philae lander is a success story in itself, but Rosetta’s greatest success is the science it delivered.

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