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What Will Be the Top Space Story in 2010?

Susan Lendroth • December 22, 2009

What do you think will be the top trend in space in 2010? In his Cosmic Log on MSNBC, Alan Boyle suggests that The Planetary Society's solar sailing project may be a contender.

Send Your Name to Venus, now with a certificate!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 09, 2009

I wrote a few weeks ago about a new Send Your Name to Venus campaign conducted by the Akatsuki mission. Now The Planetary Society has arranged with JAXA to collect names and messages on our website.

LightSail Garners News Headlines

Susan Lendroth • November 13, 2009

The Planetary Society's new solar sail project -- LightSail -- has generated headlines and hundreds of news stories since it was announced on Monday.

LightSail Featured on NPR's Science Friday

Susan Lendroth • November 12, 2009

Our Executive Director Lou Friedman joins host Ira Flatow on NPR's Science Friday -- November 13 -- for a live chat about The Planetary Society's exciting new solar sail project.

A million dollars says The Planetary Society can make a solar sail fly

Emily Lakdawalla • November 09, 2009

The Planetary Society announced today that an anonymous donor has put up one million dollars to help us get a solar sail in flight.

FINDS Exo-Earths Starts Up: Testing the Prototype

Debra Fischer • October 30, 2009 • 2

The prototype that Julien constructed in the lab was taken to Lick Observatory, and we had our first-light run with the fiber in July.

Optical SETI's Growing Capabilities

Paul Horowitz • October 28, 2009

Often, the phrase “next steps” has been known to describe things that don't actually happen. But for The Planetary Society's All-sky Optical SETI, it's different. Here's what's happened in the last year.

Send your name to Venus with Venus Climate Orbiter (PLANET-C), now known as Akatsuki

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2009

The Japanese space agency's science missions have an abundance of names. They start out with a programmatic name, like MUSES-A, PLANET-A, etc. -- which might be like calling NEAR "Discovery-A" and Mars Pathfinder "Discovery-B" and so on.

Phobos Grunt including Phobos LIFE Delayed Until 2011

Bruce Betts • September 21, 2009

Today, the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, decided to delay from 2009 to 2011 the launch of the Phobos Grunt mission to study and return samples from the Martian moon Phobos.

Astropulse: A Fresh Look at the Skies in Search of E.T.

Amir Alexander • August 27, 2009

If you were a member of an alien civilization trying to communicate across the immeasurable distances of space, how would you go about it?

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