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The Downlink: Ganymede's North Pole, A New Asteroid to Explore

Jason Davis • January 17, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

NASA Rings in the New Year with $22.6 billion

Casey Dreier • January 10, 2020

NASA's final 2020 budget rejected every major cut proposed by the Trump Administration, increased funding for popular congressional projects such as the Space Launch System, and underfunded several key administration proposals, including a human-qualified lunar lander and low-Earth orbit commercialization projects.

Here's What We've Learned So Far from LightSail 2

Jason Davis • January 10, 2020

A new paper recaps mission events, discusses solar sail performance, and describes how the spacecraft's orbit has changed.

The Downlink: New Earth-size Exoplanet Found, Meteor Shower Seen from ISS

Jason Davis • January 10, 2020

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The Downlink: Mars 2020 Ready to Rove, India to Build Second Lunar Lander

Jason Davis • January 03, 2020

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The Downlink: CHEOPS Exoplanet Mission Launches, ISS Test Flight Goes Awry

Jason Davis • December 20, 2019

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Announcing the 2019 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners

Bruce Betts • December 18, 2019

Six proposals are awarded a total of $57,906. The winners come from 4 countries on 3 continents.

The Biggest Little Asteroid Observatory

Jason Davis • December 17, 2019

The Center for Solar System Studies, a perennial Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winner, is a small observatory that makes big contributions to near-Earth asteroid research.

The Most Important Space Policy Events of the 2010s

Casey Dreier • December 16, 2019

The end of the Space Shuttle, the rise of public-private partnerships, and the return to the Moon. As the 2010s come to a close, what were the most impactful events that shaped U.S. space policy?

The Downlink: OSIRIS-REx Sample Site Picked, Easy-Access Water Ice on Mars

Jason Davis • December 13, 2019

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The Downlink: ExoMars Rover Testing, Bennu's Mysterious Particle Ejections

Jason Davis • December 06, 2019

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The December Solstice 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2019

Featuring an article by Abigail Fraeman on what the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity taught us, and one by Javier Gómez-Elvira on the next steps in the search for life on Mars.

A New Understanding

Abigail Fraeman • December 04, 2019

Abigail Fraeman examines how the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, changed our view of Mars.

What Comes Next on Mars?

Javier Gómez-Elvira • December 04, 2019

Javier Gómez-Elvira anticipates the next phase of the search for life on the Red Planet.

People. Passion. Planets.

The Planetary Society • December 04, 2019

Bill Nye revels in 4 decades of bringing space to everyone, and we celebrate our global membership.

Creating A Movement for Space

Jennifer Vaughn • November 30, 2019

A look back at The Planetary Society's founding documents and the origins of the organization.

The Downlink: Europe Funds Planetary Defense Mission and Mars Sample Return

Jason Davis • November 29, 2019

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This Holiday Season, Avoid the Politics and Talk Space Instead

Casey Dreier • November 27, 2019

When coming together this holiday season, ditch the politics. Instead, here are 5 conversation topics about space that can inspire and engage everyone.

The Solar System According to Carolyn Porco

The Planetary Society • November 26, 2019

The leader of the Cassini spacecraft imaging team discusses pale blue dots, life on Enceladus, terraforming Mars, Pluto, Carl Sagan, and more.

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

Jason Davis • November 22, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

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