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Celebrating One Year of Solar Sailing

The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft has been in space a full year. Learn about our extended mission, join us on 25 June for a live celebration, and hear our team members discuss what we've accomplished.

Our Commitment to Work Against Racism

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. Read our initial response from CEO Bill Nye and watch Nye speak with retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin.

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A Conversation: Leland Melvin and Bill Nye

Retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin joins Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, in a wide-ranging conversation about recent space milestones and how racial inequality afflicts space exploration.

Get Ready for Mars

Next month, 3 countries are launching 3 new missions to Mars. We've got everything you need to get ready.

The Downlink

Our weekly newsletter is your toolkit to learn more about space, share information with your friends and family, and take direct action to support exploration. View past issues at planetary.org/downlink and sign up to receive The Downlink in your email at planetary.org/connect.

Your Guide to Planetary Missions & Worlds

We're building guides to the worlds of our solar system and beyond, and the missions that visit them. See the latest new pages we've published.

Planets & Other Worlds

Jupiter

Saturn

More Blogs & Articles

Our New Map of Every Mars Landing Attempt, Ever

Emily Lakdawalla • June 03, 2020 • 2

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 • 2

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 • 1

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.

Ten New Pictures from LightSail 2

The Planetary Society • May 04, 2020

Images from around the globe, plus some night pictures and the spacecraft's solar panels.

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