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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

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More Blogs & Articles

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.

A Comet Breakup and a Planet Defined

The Planetary Society • May 01, 2020

From space news to vintage tees, here’s everything you need to stay connected to planetary exploration.

A Puffy Planet and a Cat on Titan

The Planetary Society • April 24, 2020 • 1

News from the forefront of exploration, plus a collection to help you keep your cosmic calm.

A New Exoplanet and a Martian Helicopter

The Planetary Society • April 17, 2020 • 1

Learn all about what’s happening in space exploration, and check out some great space art.

A Fractured Comet and a Deep Dive into Planetary Science Funding

The Planetary Society • April 10, 2020

Everything you need to know about space science and exploration, including an Apollo anniversary, a gravity slingshot, and a global celebration of space.

Dive deep into the history of planetary exploration funding

Casey Dreier • April 08, 2020

This unique, comprehensive dataset includes the full budget history, by year, of every NASA planetary science mission and related activities.

A Voyage to Mercury, and the Latest in Space Policy

The Planetary Society • April 03, 2020

Plus space backgrounds for your work-at-home meetings

Video Chat From Outer Space With These Custom Wallpapers

Emily Lakdawalla • April 01, 2020 • 7

Since some services like Zoom allow you to create virtual backgrounds, The Planetary Society offers you the opportunity to take your home office to Mars, or the Moon, or other fun places in space.

Space to Comfort, Teach, Share, and Escape

The Planetary Society • March 27, 2020

Plus a high-res map of Bennu, a virtual space party, and more

Our Responsibility to Deal more Kindly with One Another

Bill Nye • March 25, 2020

Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye shares how the Society is responding to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world.

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