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A New Understanding

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2019

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

What Comes Next on Mars?

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2019

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

People. Passion. Planets.

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2019

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

China Considers Voyager-like Mission to Interstellar Space

Andrew Jones • November 19, 2019 • 3

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

In 1983, Carl Sagan Urged NASA to Send a Mission to Saturn and Titan

The Planetary Report • November/December 1983

"We very much hope that NASA will be able to make an early commitment to such a mission," wrote Sagan to administrator James Beggs.

How the European Space Agency Does Planetary Defense

Detlef Koschny • September 27, 2019

Defending the planet from the hazard of potential asteroid impacts requires investments from the whole world. In Europe, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union both support work to understand and mitigate the threats from near-Earth objects.

The State of Planetary Defense

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2019

Vishnu Reddy delivers a sober but hopeful report on our understanding of near-Earth objects, their dangers, and our readiness.

NASA, ESA Officials Outline Latest Mars Sample Return Plans

Justin Cowart • August 13, 2019 • 1

The current strategy includes the Mars 2020 rover, a lander carrying a rover and ascent vehicle, and an Earth return orbiter.

Lunar Orbiter Longjiang-2 Smashes into Moon

Andrew Jones • August 05, 2019 • 1

Don’t worry, this was a planned end for a tiny satellite that has been a huge success.

What the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Impact Taught Us

Heidi Hammel • July 15, 2019 • 2

Twenty-five years ago, multiple fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter, changing the face of the planet and the course of planetary science.

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