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Jatan Mehta

Contributing Editor, The Planetary Society

Jatan Mehta is a science writer passionate about exploration of space and humanity’s future in it, and the unique role of our Moon in both. His space blog and lunar exploration newsletter can be found at blog.jatan.space.

Resource Pages Authored by Jatan

The Moon, preserving Earth's origin story

The Moon is the only world besides Earth ever visited by humans. By studying it, scientists can piece together Earth’s origin story.

Venus, cloudy with a chance of life

Venus may have had oceans and been habitable to life before being transformed into an inhospitable wasteland.

The Sun, our solar system’s star

Our Sun is an active star, frequently bursting out storms of plasma and radiation into the solar system.

VIPER, NASA’s Moon resource mapper

NASA is launching the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, in 2023 to map water on the Moon’s south pole.

NASA CLPS Moon landing missions

NASA is returning humans to the Moon later in the decade, but a fleet of agency-supported robotic spacecraft will precede them and pave the way.

EnVision, Europe’s mission to Venus

The European Space Agency (ESA) is launching the EnVision spacecraft to study Venus and its past.

JUICE, exploring Jupiter’s icy moons

The European Space Agency (ESA) is launching the JUICE spacecraft to study Jupiter and its three largest icy moons.

Neptune, planet of wind and ice

Neptune, our outermost planet, is a windy blue world with exotic ice, raging storms, rings, and a moon that could have a subsurface ocean.

Psyche, exploring a metal world

NASA is launching the Psyche mission to a metal asteroid by the same name in 2022.

KPLO, South Korea’s first Moon mission

The lunar orbiter will launch South Korea’s deep space ambitions.

MMX, Japan’s Martian Moons eXploration mission

MMX launches in 2024 to study Mars' moons and return samples from Phobos to Earth in 2029.

VERITAS, NASA’s Venus mapper

NASA will launch the VERITAS spacecraft in 2028 to study Venus and its past.

ExoMars rover

The European Space Agency and Russian space agency planned to send a joint mission to Mars in September 2022. It has since been suspended after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Saturn, planet of rings, moons and more to explore

Saturn is the crown jewel of our solar system. It has a stunning set of rings, diverse moons, and so much more to explore.

Asteroids, comets and other small worlds

These leftover planet-building materials are time capsules that give us a peek into our origins.

MAVEN, studying how Mars lost its atmosphere

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, MAVEN, studies how Mars loses its atmosphere to space. The orbiter also relays communications between surface missions and Earth.

TESS, finding new worlds

TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellites, is a U.S. mission to discover Earth-size worlds around nearby stars.

Mangalyaan, India’s first Mars mission

Mangalyaan is India’s Mars orbiter that has been observing the planet since September 2014.

Latest Articles

How do planets get rings?

The planets in our Solar System show that no two ring systems are exactly alike.

How Uranus and Neptune are key to unlocking how planets form

A flagship mission to the ice giants — Uranus and Neptune — will forever change our understanding of the origin and evolution of our solar system.

When to worry about an asteroid striking Earth

The chances of large impacts from asteroids and near-Earth objects capable of causing widespread damage on Earth are small — but they aren’t zero.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearances

The Wonderful: A new documentary about the International Space Station

Director Clare Lewins and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman discuss the new documentary "The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station."