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Mars in all its glory, and a planet as hot as a star

The Planetary Society • July 03, 2020

Dive into Mars mania and catch up on this week's space exploration updates.

Asteroids, Asteroids, Asteroids!

The Planetary Society • June 25, 2020

Gear up for Asteroid Day on 30 June, explore the latest issue of The Planetary Report, and get your fill of space news for the week.

Sample Return Roundup

Emily Lakdawalla • June 22, 2020

It's a banner year for sample return missions. In 2020, China, Japan, and the United States are all scheduled to have sample return missions in flight, seeking to retrieve material from near-Earth asteroids, the Moon, and eventually Mars.

Your Impact: June 2020 Solstice

The Planetary Society • June 22, 2020

We're celebrating a successful Day of Action in Washington D.C., remembering SETI@home, and looking forward to LightSail 2's extended mission.

Pictures of Earth

The Planetary Society • June 22, 2020

During this singular moment in history as the entire world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be appropriate to share some of our favorite pictures of Earth from space.

A Ring of Fire and Titan's Explosive Volcanoes

The Planetary Society • June 19, 2020

All the latest space news, plus ways you can celebrate and advocate for space.

What Is a Solar Eclipse? Your Questions Answered.

Bruce Betts • June 19, 2020

Your guide to total, partial, and annular eclipses: what causes them, what you'll see, and when the next one will happen.

LightSail 2 Enters Extended Mission Phase

The Planetary Society • June 17, 2020

One year after launch, The Planetary Society’s solar sail spacecraft is embarking on an extended mission dedicated to further advancing solar sailing technology.

Perseverance, Optimism, and an Undeniably Cool Poster

The Planetary Society • June 12, 2020

The week’s space news, plus action you can take to advance exploration.

Committed to Doing the Work

The Planetary Society • June 05, 2020

Our initial plans to proactively work against racism, along with the week’s space news.

Our Commitment to Work Against Racism

Bill Nye • June 05, 2020

Many of us are having a hard time looking up right now. It’s a painful moment. We here at The Planetary Society recognize we must do more to support Black people, including Black people who love space.

Our New Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2020

The Planetary Society has a new improved guide to all the places we've landed—or crashed—on Mars, plus planned locations for the upcoming Perseverance, Tianwen-1, and Rosalind Franklin rover missions.

Weather Scrubs a Launch, Forms Mars Dunes, and Inspires Art

The Planetary Society • May 29, 2020

Get ready for the rescheduled Crew Dragon launch and catch up on the highlights of the week in space.

Martian Mud and a Milestone in Human Spaceflight

The Planetary Society • May 22, 2020

Get your space exploration news and see what happens when you leave paint on the launchpad.

The Bold Plan to See Continents and Oceans on Another Earth

Nancy Atkinson • May 21, 2020

A group of researchers, backed by NASA funding, wants to use solar sails and the Sun's gravity to capture an image of an exoplanet so sharp we can see continents, oceans, and clouds.

Your Guide to Crew Dragon's First Astronaut Flight

The Planetary Society • May 20, 2020

SpaceX launched NASA astronauts on the first crewed commercial flight to the International Space Station. Read the backstory on this important milestone, and learn how you can get involved.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is a Fantastic Deal

Casey Dreier • May 19, 2020

NASA's commercial crew program stands to be the agency's lowest-cost human spacecraft effort in nearly 60 years.

Sampling an Asteroid and Exploring Alien Oceans

The Planetary Society • May 15, 2020

Get the scoop on space news and try out a spaceship docking simulator.

Visiting Perseverance During Its Final Week at JPL

Jess Mollerup • May 11, 2020

An undergraduate physics research student describes her visit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to see the Perseverance rover before it shipped to Florida for launch.

Venus' Watery Past, and Listening to Mars

The Planetary Society • May 08, 2020

The latest in space exploration, from new Europa images to a movie filmed in space, plus some inspiration for at-home space art.

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