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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

The Most Important Space Policy Events of the 2010s

Casey Dreier • December 16, 2019 • 6

The end of the Space Shuttle, the rise of public-private partnerships, and the return to the Moon. As the 2010s come to a close, what were the most impactful events that shaped U.S. space policy?

The Downlink: OSIRIS-REx Sample Site Picked, Easy-Access Water Ice on Mars

Jason Davis • December 13, 2019 • 1

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: ExoMars Rover Testing, Bennu's Mysterious Particle Ejections

Jason Davis • December 06, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The December Solstice 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 04, 2019

Featuring an article by Abigail Fraeman on what the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity taught us, and one by Javier Gómez-Elvira on the next steps in the search for life on Mars.

A New Understanding

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2019

Abigail Fraeman examines how the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, changed our view of Mars.

What Comes Next on Mars?

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2019

Javier Gómez-Elvira anticipates the next phase of the search for life on the Red Planet.

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.

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