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

Jupiter from near and far, and two humans return to Earth

This week, learn about the conditions of the early solar system and get ready for next week’s meteor shower, plus more.

Say hello to Saturn and bon voyage to Perseverance

With 3 spacecraft en route to Mars, we’re sharing mission news, Martian maps, and a chance to meet Bill Nye.

Missions to Mars, and exoplanets caught on camera

Everything you need to know about two missions en route to Mars and another gearing up for launch, plus the rest of the week’s space news.

Imaging and imagination in space

Learn about The Planetary Society’s vision for the next decade of exploration and get up to speed on space news.

What Is a Solar Eclipse? Your Questions Answered.

Your guide to total, partial, and annular eclipses: what causes them, what you'll see, and when the next one will happen.

A comet visitor and a pretty metal Moon

The week’s space news, plus your guide to the night sky and ways you can contribute to Venus science.

Mars in all its glory, and a planet as hot as a star

Dive into Mars mania and catch up on this week’s space exploration updates.

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.

A ring of fire and Titan’s explosive volcanoes

All the latest space news, plus ways you can celebrate and advocate for space.

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.

Perseverance, optimism, and an undeniably cool poster

The week’s space news, plus action you can take to advance exploration.

Committed to doing the work

Our initial plans to proactively work against racism, along with the week’s space news.

Our New Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

The Planetary Society has a new improved guide to all the places we've landed—or crashed—on Mars, plus planned locations for the upcoming Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

Weather scrubs a launch, forms Mars dunes, and inspires art

Get ready for the rescheduled Crew Dragon launch and catch up on the highlights of the week in space.

Martian mud and a milestone in human spaceflight

Get your space exploration news and see what happens when you leave paint on the launchpad.

The Bold Plan to See Continents and Oceans on Another Earth

A group of researchers, backed by NASA funding, wants to use solar sails and the Sun's gravity to capture an image of an exoplanet so sharp we can see continents, oceans, and clouds.

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.

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.

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.

Is the Moon a Stepping Stone or a Cornerstone for Mars?

New legislation proposed in the House of Representatives would radically shift NASA's human spaceflight efforts away from the Moon and back to Mars.

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