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BepiColombo Earth flyby

Europe and Japan's BepiColombo spacecraft, which launched in 2018, will fly by Earth on 10 April and use our planet's gravity to swing towards the inner solar system. Learn more about this mission and why we study Mercury.

Apollo 13 50th Anniversary

The Planetary Society is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13, which launched on 11 April 1970. Disaster struck on 13 April, prompting the crew's infamous "Houston, we've had a problem" call for help. Learn what happened, and how NASA got the astronauts home safely on 17 April.

More Apollo resources

Blogs & Articles

Snow balls in space

Mike Brown • December 29, 2013 • 4

I don’t get much snow in southern California, but I do spend a lot of my time thinking about college snowball experiences and about the snowball fights that have made the objects of the outer solar system.

Destination: Europa!

Steve Vance • December 16, 2013 • 5

It's time to reassess Europa exploration, past, present and future. The Destination Europa! session at AGU, inspired by the eponymous website and movement, didn't take exactly that message as its theme, but it's what I got from the presentations. What an ELECTRIFYING meeting this has been for Europa exploration!

The Plumes of Europa

Leigh Fletcher • December 12, 2013 • 12

2013 has been a rather exciting year for Europa scientists. Today's exciting news: the Hubble Space Telescope discovery of water vapor plumes from the south pole of this icy moon.

Neptune: The new amateur boundary?

Christophe Pellier • November 07, 2013 • 3

Can features on Neptune be observed by amateur astronomers? For years, the Hubble Space Telescope and some professional terrestrial observatories have been revealing incomplete belts and spots on the surface of Neptune. Now, spots have been imaged by amateurs.

Uranus Awaits

Geraint Jones • October 18, 2013 • 3

It’s been a long time since anyone paid Uranus a visit. The Uranus system is, however, fascinating, as evidenced by the wealth of topics covered by the diverse group of planetary scientists who gathered to discuss it last week at the Paris Observatory.

In his own words: Mike Massimino on how he "nearly broke" Hubble

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2013

In an enthralling article for Esquire magazine, astronaut Mike Massimino writes about nearly failing to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and how the people of Earth came to his rescue.

Hubble captures time-lapse of comet ISON

Jason Davis • July 05, 2013 • 2

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a series of images showing Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) plunging toward the sun.

Lesser-known views of Uranus and Neptune

Emily Lakdawalla • May 28, 2013 • 9

Despite the fact that Voyager 2 returned relatively few high-resolution images from either Uranus or Neptune, there are many more photos in the archives than regularly make it to public view.

Astronomy Enters a New Era

Mat Kaplan • May 26, 2013 • 3

A live conversation about just a few of the powerful new instruments that will revolutionize our knowledge of the cosmos once again.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: The Ice Giants, with Heidi Hammel

Emily Lakdawalla • April 11, 2013 • 5

My guest this was Planetary Society Board vice president Heidi Hammel. We discussed two planets near and dear to our hearts, Neptune and Uranus. What's new on these icy worlds since Voyager 2 passed by, and what are the prospects for their future exploration?

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