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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 Mehta

VERITAS, NASA’s Venus mapper

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

KPLO, South Korea’s first Moon mission

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

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.

Psyche, exploring a metal world

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

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.

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

Is life possible on rogue planets and moons?

Our exploration of the solar system combined with two decades of exoplanet research tells us there are several possibilities for life to exist on starless planets and their moons.

Water plumes from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus may show promising signs of life

New research says methane levels detected in the plumes of one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus, might point to a habitable world.

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.

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."