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Hayabusa 2 is about to launch!

Hayabusa 2's H-IIA rocket has just reached its launchpad! Japan's next asteroid sample return mission was supposed to launch this weekend, but weather has not been good at the Tanegashima launch site and it has been delayed four days already. If the weather holds, it will launch December 3 at 04:22 UT (13:22 JST, or December 2 at 20:22, PT).

Selecting the Next Creative Idea for Exploring the Solar System

With the release of the official Announcement of Opportunity (AO) early in November, NASA has officially begun the competition to select its next low cost ($450M) Discovery program planetary mission. Because planetary scientists areShow More Summary

Your Timeline of Events for Orion's Maiden Voyage

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is ready to embark on its maiden voyage this Thursday. Here is a timeline of events.

Dawn Journal: Looking Ahead at Ceres

This month, Marc Rayman looks ahead to some upcoming activities for Dawn as it approaches the dwarf planet Ceres.

“Wanderers”: A Glorious New Film About Where We May Voyage

Mat Kaplan gives his take on the stunningly beautiful short film that's been making the rounds on the internet, "Wanderers," by Erik Wernquist.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

On the surface, NASA's humans to Mars plans seem vague and disjointed. But that's because the agency is playing the long game. Right now, it may be the only game they can play.

Curiosity update, sols 782-813: Walking the outcrop at Pahrump Hills

At Pahrump Hills, Curiosity is becoming the field geologist she was intended to be.

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