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2 March 2020
Learn why and how we study exoplanets, and how you can get involved.
Scientists are searching for 100 Earth-like planets around other stars, and you can help.
Swapna Krishna ● 12 March 2020
The habitable zone is the not-too-hot, not-too-cold region around a star where liquid water can exist.
Emily Lakdawalla ● 2 March 2020
Lava worlds. Hot Jupiters. Earth 2.0 candidates. Here's a rundown of some notable exoplanets.
Emily Lakdawalla & Staff ● 2 March 2020
Some methods almost sound like science fiction: Using gravity as a magnifying glass, watching stars wobble at turtle-like speeds, and searching for tiny dips in starlight.
WFIRST, NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, is the next step in our hunt for Earth-sized exoplanets.
• December 31, 2014
As excited as we are to jump into 2015, I want to take time to reflect on the year coming to a close and applaud all that we’ve accomplished working together.
• December 12, 2014
The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft successfully completed testing to prepare it for a possible 2015 test flight.
• November 13, 2014
The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is less than three weeks away from an expected go/no-go decision on whether the CubeSat will be launched into space for a shakedown cruise next year.
• October 30, 2014
LightSail's random vibration test, meant to simulate the stress of an Atlas V rocket launch, shook loose new problems that the team will have to address.
• October 15, 2014
The Planetary Society's LightSail 1 spacecraft is close to completing a final series of tests that pave the way for a possible 2015 test flight. But as deadlines loom, a new problem has sent the team scrambling to make a quick repair.
• September 30, 2014
We have more multimedia from LightSail's day-in-the-life test, as well as a request for some community image processing help.
• September 24, 2014
The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft passed a major system test in which its solar sails were deployed for the first time in two years.
• September 03, 2014
Two weeks after radio anomalies scrubbed LightSail's day-in-the-life test, the team continues to close in on the source of the problem.
• August 22, 2014
A pesky radio problem that has occasionally stymied LightSail has returned, scrubbing the mission's day-in-the-life test.
• August 12, 2014
LightSail-A's radio system has been fixed, and the spacecraft is now preparing for its August 20 day-in-the-life test.
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