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Celebrating One Year of Solar Sailing

The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft has been in space a full year. Learn about our extended mission, join us on 25 June for a live celebration, and hear our team members discuss what we've accomplished.

Our Commitment to Work Against Racism

Many of us are having a hard time looking up right now. It’s a painful moment. We here at The Planetary Society recognize we must do more to support Black people, including Black people who love space. Read our initial response from CEO Bill Nye and watch Nye speak with retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin.

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A Conversation: Leland Melvin and Bill Nye

Retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin joins Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, in a wide-ranging conversation about recent space milestones and how racial inequality afflicts space exploration.

Get Ready for Mars

Next month, 3 countries are launching 3 new missions to Mars. We've got everything you need to get ready.

The Downlink

Our weekly newsletter is your toolkit to learn more about space, share information with your friends and family, and take direct action to support exploration. View past issues at planetary.org/downlink and sign up to receive The Downlink in your email at planetary.org/connect.

Your Guide to Planetary Missions & Worlds

We're building guides to the worlds of our solar system and beyond, and the missions that visit them. See the latest new pages we've published.

Planets & Other Worlds

Jupiter

Saturn

More Blogs & Articles

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

The Planetary Society • July 03, 2020

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

Asteroids, Asteroids, Asteroids!

The Planetary Society • June 25, 2020

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

The Planetary Report • June Solstice 2020

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.

Your Impact: June 2020 Solstice

The Planetary Report • June Solstice 2020

We're celebrating a successful Day of Action in Washington D.C., remembering SETI@home, and looking forward to LightSail 2's extended mission.

Pictures of Earth

The Planetary Report • June Solstice 2020

During this singular moment in history as the entire world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be appropriate to share some of our favorite pictures of Earth from space.

A Ring of Fire and Titan's Explosive Volcanoes

The Planetary Society • June 19, 2020 • 2

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

What Is a Solar Eclipse? Your Questions Answered.

Bruce Betts • June 19, 2020

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

LightSail 2 Enters Extended Mission Phase

The Planetary Society • June 17, 2020 • 2

One year after launch, The Planetary Society’s solar sail spacecraft is embarking on an extended mission dedicated to further advancing solar sailing technology.

Perseverance, Optimism, and an Undeniably Cool Poster

The Planetary Society • June 12, 2020 • 1

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

Committed to Doing the Work

The Planetary Society • June 05, 2020

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

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