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Jatan Mehta

Contributing Editor, The Planetary Society

Jatan Mehta is a science writer passionate about humanity's future in space. He was the former science officer at TeamIndus Moon Mission. His portfolio can be found at jatan.space and his Twitter profile is @uncertainquark.

Resource Pages Authored by Jatan Mehta

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.

MMX, Japan’s Martian Moons eXploration mission

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Latest Articles

Can We Make Mars Earth-Like Through Terraforming?

These are some of the most compelling ideas on how to terraform Mars into a habitable, Earth-like world for future explorers.

Are the Universe's Smallest Stars Promising Places for Life?

Red dwarf stars are more common than our Sun. What are the prospects for life on exoplanets that orbit them?

Solar System History 101

How did our solar system come to be? Why are the planets, asteroids, comets, and other small worlds where they are now?