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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

Collecting a sample from asteroid Ryugu is going to be dicey

Jason Davis • October 19, 2018 • 2

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft was scheduled to touch down on Ryugu later this month, but that has been delayed to early 2019.

Looking at Io's Volcanoes Since Galileo

Jason Perry • October 18, 2018

It’s been almost 17 years since NASA's Galileo spacecraft took meaningful data of Jupiter’s volcanic moon.

Heiligenschein Throughout the Solar System

Brittney Cooper • October 16, 2018 • 3

When planetary scientist Brittney Cooper was scrolling through the downlinked images of Hayabusa2’s approach of asteroid Ryugu, a familiar sight caught her attention.

A Joyless 'First Man'

Casey Dreier • October 15, 2018 • 7

Space fans will enjoy the movie for its depictions of early spaceflight itself. But it avoids the richness and complexity of human experience, leaving behind awe and joy in favor of an emotional landscape as uninviting as the Moon.

Imaging the Earth from Lunar orbit

Cees Bassa and Tammo Jan Dijkema • October 15, 2018

Radio amateurs around the world worked together to take an image of the Earth and the far side of the Moon.

Book Announcement and Excerpt: Astronomy for Kids

Bruce Betts • October 13, 2018 • 1

For Astronomy Day, Bruce announces his new book Astronomy for Kids, provides excerpts, and gives some bonus planet observing info.

How to follow BepiColombo's launch

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2018 • 2

I’m thrilled to be anticipating the beginning of a new mission to Mercury. Here's a timeline for BepiColombo's planned launch on 20 October (19 October in the U.S.).

Space station crew safe after failed launch

Jason Davis • October 11, 2018 • 1

About two minutes after liftoff, the Soyuz vehicle carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to orbit failed.

My 18-Month Affair With Titan

Ian Regan • October 11, 2018

Ian Regan, producer of the Titan segment of In Saturn's Rings, describes the meticulous process of creating the stunning visuals of this shrouded moon.

MAVEN, in orbit around Mars, snaps anniversary selfie

Jason Davis • October 08, 2018

The spacecraft used its ultraviolet spectrograph imager for the job, and one frame shows Mars in the background.

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