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BepiColombo Earth flyby

Europe and Japan's BepiColombo spacecraft, which launched in 2018, will fly by Earth on 10 April and use our planet's gravity to swing towards the inner solar system. Learn more about this mission and why we study Mercury.

Apollo 13 50th Anniversary

The Planetary Society is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13, which launched on 11 April 1970. Disaster struck on 13 April, prompting the crew's infamous "Houston, we've had a problem" call for help. Learn what happened, and how NASA got the astronauts home safely on 17 April.

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Blogs & Articles

Pretty picture: Looking backward

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2013 • 15

Here it is: the view from Saturn of our Earthly home, one and a half billion kilometers away. We see Earth and the Moon through a thin veil of faintly blue ice crystals, the outskirts of Saturn's E ring. Earth is just a bright dot -- a bit brighter than the other stars in the image, but no brighter than any planet (like Saturn!) in our own sky.

Return of the Pale Blue Dot

Mat Kaplan • July 18, 2013 • 4

You can be part of a planetwide group photo as Cassini and MESSENGER turn their cameras Earthward on July 19.

The Space Computer and the Beautiful Worlds

Bill Dunford • June 30, 2013 • 2

An "Up Goer 5" tribute to the Cassini mission.

Worlds in Collision

Bill Dunford • June 25, 2013 • 6

Meet some worlds that were nearly shattered, literally.

The Shores of the Kraken Sea: Great Place Names in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • May 28, 2013 • 9

Nothing reflects the romance of deep space exploration more than the evocative names of places on the planets and moons.

Mimas and Pandora dance

Emily Lakdawalla • May 15, 2013 • 6

I've been out of town for a couple of days and am overwhelmed with work and an overflowing email box. So what do I do about that? I ignore what I'm supposed to be doing and play with Cassini raw image data, of course. Here is a "mutual event" of Mimas (the bigger moon) and Pandora (the outer shepherd of the F ring).

One of my favorite image processing tricks: colorizing images

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2013 • 2

An easy image processing trick -- using lower-resolution color data to colorize a black-and-white photo -- is relied upon by many space missions to keep data volumes low. Here's how to do it.

In a New Light

Bill Dunford • April 15, 2013 • 3

Cassini's unique views of Jupiter and Saturn.

First Analysis: the NASA Planetary Science Budget for 2014

Van Kane • April 10, 2013 • 7

No mission to Europa, diminished funding for outer planets missions, a small bump to small spacecraft missions, and an increase for asteroid detection are part of the White House's proposal for NASA in 2014.

One Day in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • April 08, 2013 • 4

Dispatches from five different worlds--all sent by robotic spacecraft on the same day.

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