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

Solar System History 101

How did our solar system come to be? Why are the planets, asteroids, comets, and other small worlds where they are now?

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.

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.

NASA Then & Now

A collection of before and after slider images showing how views of planets in our solar system have changed over the years since NASA was created.

The Venus controversy

A lack of new missions keeps scientists guessing on what shaped the planet’s surface.

The case for Venus

NASA is about to pick finalists for its next New Frontiers mission. Will Venus make the cut?

Planetary discovery over the past quarter century

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of what has become one of the primary venues for the publication of research in planetary science: the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. This occasion is a good opportunity to look back at what we have learned in this era of expanded exploration and to try to take a peek at the future.

New Gems from the Moon

More than seven years after the end of its mission, JAXA has released the entire data set from Kaguya's HDTV cameras.

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