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Some Recent Views of Mars from Hubble

Ted Stryk showcases some of his processed versions of recent Hubble Space Telescope views of Mars.

Join me in Washington, D.C. for a post-Thanksgiving Celebration of Planetary Exploration

See Bill Nye, Europa scientist Kevin Hand, and Mars scientist Michael Meyer speak at a special event on Capitol Hill on December 2nd.

United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket

When Orion launches next week, you may notice something alarming: The spacecraft's rocket sort of catches itself on fire. But not to worry, says United Launch Alliance.

A Rich Potpourri of Future Mission Concepts

The past few months have brought announcements for new missions from India and China as well as a wealth of creative ideas for future missions.

Steve Jobs Movie Lands at Universal

Will the long awaited biopic stay on track? Film steve jobs Aaron Sorkin Michael Fassbinder Danny Boyle

Christoph Waltz May Play Blofeld in New 007

Classic Bond villain may be back for more Film 007 james bond James Bond 24 Christoph Waltz Dr. Evil Austin Powers Blofeld

The Science of “Bennu’s Journey”

The OSIRIS-REx project released Bennu’s Journey, a movie describing one possible history of our target asteroid – Bennu. The animation is among the most highly detailed productions created by Goddard’s Conceptual Image Laboratory.

Calling Serious Asteroid Hunters

I am happy to announce a new call for proposals for The Planetary Society’s Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grant program. Proposals are due Feb. 2, 2015.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 3848 — November 20, 2014

Larry Crumpler returns with an update on Opportunity's recent activities, and its road ahead.

The Sky This Week - Thursday November 27 to Thursday December 4

The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday November 29. Venus returns to the evening sky. Mars is easily visible in the early evening. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky. Comet C/2102 K1 PanSTARRS is still visible in small telescopes in the early evening.The Last Quarter Moon is Saturday November 29. Show More Summary

Close to the end for Venus Express

Venus Express is nearly out of fuel. Any day could be the last of its long mission to Venus.

In Pictures: Expedition 42 Crew Launches to Station

Three more humans are in space today following the launch of Soyuz TMA-15M from the chilly steppes of Kazakhstan.

Ep. 356: Rotational Inertia

An object at rest stays at rest, and object in motion tends to stay in motion. This is inertia, defined famously by Isaac Newton in his First Law of Motion.

NASA’s Cassini captures defiant clouds on Titan

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected a massive cloud of hydrogen cyanide at Titan's south pole which simply should not be there. NASA’s Cassini captures defiant...Show More Summary

Brown Dwarfs

The layout of the solar system is at least moderately atypical. There should be roughly four Earth masses worth of planets inside Mercury’s orbit. And Jupiter, with its large mass, its close-to-circular orbit, and its 10+ year period is an oddball at the 10% (and probably more impressive) level. At the start of the 1990s, […]

Quick update about our website

The last two weeks have been extraordinary for The Planetary Society. As amazing as this increased traffic is, it has brought to light some issues with our website including latency and missing content that we are still working on fixing.

Don't Miss This Great New Video About Europa

JPL released a slick new video highlighting the significance of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth.

Lunar Polar Volatile Puzzle

Deepak Dhingra gives an exciting update from the recent Lunar Exploration and Analysis Group (LEAG) meeting at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU-APL) in Baltimore.

Mars 3-D – A Rover’s-Eye View of the Red Planet

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice Mars 3-D. By Jim Bell. Sterling Books. ISBN 978-1-4549-1178-4. £14.99 It’s nearly Christmas time – no, sorry it is, there’s no putting it off any longer – and that...Show More Summary

A Mission to Europa Just Got a Whole Lot More Likely

Rep. John Culberson, an outspoken supporter of Europa exploration, will assume leadership of an influential congressional committee that funds NASA.

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