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

A Busy Summer

Bruce Betts reports on LightSail 2’s status and looks to the future of solar sailing.

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 2018 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

In 2018, The Planetary Society awarded $59,300 as part of its Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) Grant Program. The grants were made to a group of international researchers to find, track, and characterize potentially hazardous NEOs.

Listen Up! Microphones to Fly to Mars

The Mars 2020 mission will carry microphones in its EDL package and its SuperCam instrument, which will enable us to finally hear the sounds of Mars. The Planetary Society has been trying to get microphones to Mars for 20 years and is ecstatic that these will fly.

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