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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.

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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. Anyone can subscribe at planetary.org/connect.

BepiColombo Earth flyby

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

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Venus, and the Moon, and Atlantis, and ISS, and Magellan

Pam Chadbourne • May 14, 2010

Pam Chadbourne, one of the many engineers who made the Magellan Radar Mapper mission possible, sent this note out to Magellan team members this morning, and graciously permitted me to post it here.

Discovery's penultimate mission to the Space Station

Ken Kremer • April 21, 2010

Planetary Society volunteer Ken Kremer witnessed the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on its STS-131 mission to the International Space Station in person and filed this report on the successful mission.

Pretty picture: Fly through the aurora

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2010

Space Station astronaut Soichi Noguchi is an awesome photographer. This image is going straight into the "Best of 2010" collection.

Pretty Picture: ISS in the X-band

Emily Lakdawalla • March 04, 2010

This is from the "Just Plain Cool" department: a picture of the International Space Station taken in microwave radar.

Endeavour Launch Ignites Night Sky

Ken Kremer • February 09, 2010

Planetary Society volunteer Ken Kremer is reporting for us from the Kennedy Space Center, where he is covering the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, set to launch this weekend.

Endeavour Crew Arrives at KSC

Ken Kremer • February 03, 2010

The crew for the STS-130 flight of shuttle Endeavour arrived at the Kennedy Space Center late in the evening on Tuesday February 2. Blastoff is slated for February 7 at 4:39 AM and will be the final night time shuttle launch.

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