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The Next 10 Years

The Planetary Report • March Equinox 2020

Six scientists share the major planetary science discoveries of the past decade, and the questions that will drive the next 10 years of solar system exploration.

The Downlink: Starliner Preps for Test Flight, InSight's Mole Digs Again

Jason Davis • November 22, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

China Considers Voyager-like Mission to Interstellar Space

Andrew Jones • November 19, 2019 • 4

The mission includes a flyby of Neptune and measurements of the heliosphere, the electrically charged gas bubble surrounding our solar system

Not a Heart of Ice

Mark Marley • April 02, 2019 • 1

Mark Marley explains what planetary scientists mean when they say the word "ice."

The subtle color difference between Uranus and Neptune

Björn Jónsson • March 11, 2019 • 3

The color of Uranus and Neptune is similar, but not identical. Uranus appears greener and Neptune bluer.

Voyager 40th anniversary: Revisiting the Voyagers' planetary views

Björn Jónsson • August 30, 2017

Björn Jónsson argues that even now, 40 years after Voyager 1 and 2 were launched, a lot of the data they returned is still of high interest.

How we would explore Uranus or Neptune

Van Kane • July 06, 2017 • 2

One fact dominates the planning for any mission to Uranus or Neptune: They lie far from the sun. A newly released NASA report looks at how we can explore these icy giants.

Revisiting the ice giants: NASA study considers Uranus and Neptune missions

Jason Davis • June 21, 2017 • 6

Only one spacecraft has ever visited Uranus and Neptune: Voyager 2, in the late 1980s. A new NASA report explores the reasons to go back, and what type of mission might take us there.

Some beautiful new (old) views of Neptune and Triton

Emily Lakdawalla • September 20, 2016 • 4

Beautiful new amateur work with 27-year-old Voyager data.

Oppositions, conjunctions, seasons, and ring plane crossings of the giant planets

Emily Lakdawalla • July 07, 2016 • 4

When are the solstices and equinoxes on the giant planets, and when are they best positioned for view from Earth? I ask these questions a lot as I write about Earth photos of giant planets, and I finally decided to gather the answers to those questions in a single post.

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