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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.

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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.

Creating A Movement for Space

Jennifer Vaughn • November 30, 2019 • 1

A look back at The Planetary Society's founding documents and the origins of the organization.

The Downlink: Europe Funds Planetary Defense Mission and Mars Sample Return

Jason Davis • November 29, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

This Holiday Season, Avoid the Politics and Talk Space Instead

Casey Dreier • November 27, 2019 • 2

When coming together this holiday season, ditch the politics. Instead, here are 5 conversation topics about space that can inspire and engage everyone.

The Solar System According to Carolyn Porco

The Planetary Society • November 26, 2019 • 2

The leader of the Cassini spacecraft imaging team discusses pale blue dots, life on Enceladus, terraforming Mars, Pluto, Carl Sagan, and more.

The Downlink: Starliner Preps for Test Flight, InSight's Mole Digs Again

Jason Davis • November 22, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Best Gifts for Space Fans, According to 12 Scientists, Engineers and Educators

The Planetary Society • November 20, 2019

The Planetary Society's 2019 holiday gift guide will help you find space-themed gifts for kids and adults.

China Considers Voyager-like Mission to Interstellar Space

Andrew Jones • November 19, 2019 • 4

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

The Downlink: Mercury Transits the Sun, Hayabusa2 Leaves Ryugu

Jason Davis • November 15, 2019 • 3

Planetary exploration news for busy people

Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2019

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2019 • 1

Welcome to my 11th annual list of recommended space books for kids! This year I had more than 80 books to read, and I've winnowed the list to recommend 29. There are books for all ages from 0 to 18 and beyond.

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