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

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.

NASA and JAXA to Send Planetary Society-supported Sample Technology to the Moon and Phobos

PlanetVac, developed by Honeybee Robotics, is designed to be a reliable, flexible, low-cost sample collection technology.

How to stop microbes from hitching a ride to space

Learn about planetary protection for exploring other worlds and get caught up on the week’s space news.

Meet Orbilander, a Mission to Search for Life on Enceladus

A team of scientists are pitching NASA a mission that would sample Enceladus' plumes from orbit and the surface.

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.

We’re over the Moon for… well, for the Moon!

Everything you need to celebrate the Moon this week, plus a way you can help NASA thrive in 2021.

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.

Night Sky Photography for Beginners

An introduction to full-sky astrophotography using a digital camera.

Did Scientists Just Find Life on Venus? Here's How to Interpret the Phosphine Discovery

A Venusian biosignature, if confirmed, does not guarantee life, but it does represent a compelling argument for further exploration.

What’s up (and down) in space?

Wrap your head around orientations in space, and learn the latest in space exploration news.

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.

A devil on Mars and defenders of Earth

From dust devils and craters on the Martian surface to spots on the Sun, we’re taking a look at everything new and exciting in space science and exploration this week.

Mars approaches Earth, and Earthlings dream of going to Mars

Looking back into space and time, and looking forward to mission milestones and new endeavors. All this and more in your weekly space digest.

Looking up at bright planets, asteroids, and burning trash

Get an update on the latest in space exploration, and find out how you can help defend the Earth from asteroid impacts.

The view from a rover’s eyes, and tips for viewing the night sky

What do professional basketball players have in common with a Mars rover? Plus more news from the adventure of space exploration.

How to Pick the Perfect Beginner Telescope

Picking out your first telescope can be overwhelming. This easy-to-follow guide will help you find an affordable telescope that you'll actually use.

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.

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