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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.

More Apollo resources

Blogs & Articles

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.

The Downlink: Southern Sky from Space, Apollo Moon Sample Opened

Jason Davis • November 08, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

How to See the 2019 Mercury Transit

Bruce Betts • November 07, 2019

A rare transit of Mercury across the Sun occurs 11 November 2019. Here’s a guide to when and how to observe Mercury's small disk crossing the Sun.

What Are Your Space Life Goals?

Kate Howells • November 04, 2019 • 1

The Planetary Society wants your ideas for building the ultimate list of must-do space experiences.

Planetary Society Talks Europa, Planetary Defense, and Solar Sailing in Washington D.C.

Jason Davis • November 01, 2019

Thanks to our members and donors, The Planetary Society participated in several activities at the 2019 International Astronautical Conference.

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