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The Downlink: Mars Rover Unpacked in Florida, New Data from Search for Life

The Planetary Society • February 21, 2020

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The Downlink: NASA Considers Missions to Venus, Io, and Triton

Jason Davis • February 14, 2020

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161 meetings. 115 members. 28 states. 1 Day of Action.

Casey Dreier • February 13, 2020

More than one hundred Planetary Society members from near and far advocated for space science and exploration in Washington, D.C. on 10 February 2020.

The Downlink: Mars 2020 Ready to Ship, Christina Koch Sets New Record

Jason Davis • February 07, 2020

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The Downlink: Spitzer Says So Long, Voyager 2 Recovering after Glitch

Jason Davis • January 31, 2020

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Star Trek: Picard Gets the Martian Landscape Right

Emily Lakdawalla • January 29, 2020

The visual effects for the new television series Star Trek: Picard show a wonderfully realistic Mars in panoramic views that obviously rely upon NASA and ESA imagery. This article is spoiler-free except for the disclosure of an important event depicted in the opening moments of the show.

Is the Moon a Stepping Stone or a Cornerstone for Mars?

Casey Dreier • January 26, 2020

New legislation proposed in the House of Representatives would radically shift NASA's human spaceflight efforts away from the Moon and back to Mars.

The Downlink: Crew Dragon Completes Crucial Test, More Mars Mole Problems

Jason Davis • January 24, 2020

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

Jason Davis • January 17, 2020

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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.

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