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Planetary Society Blog

A guide to interesting stuff going on in space science, space exploration, and space advocacy.


Funpost! Can you name a space vehicle for each letter of the alphabet?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:06 -0500

There are NASA choices for all letters except Y and Z; for those two, you'll need to go international.

Recap: Breakthrough Discuss 2018

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:05 -0500

If you had a spaceship and could take it anywhere in the solar system to search for life, where would you go?

Curiosity Update, sols 1972-2026: Completing the Vera Rubin Ridge Walkabout

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:34:32 -0500

The Curiosity team has completed its initial survey of the top of Vera Rubin Ridge, and is ready to make another attempt at drilling after the rock at Lake Orcadie proved to be too hard.

Space grade electronics: How NASA’s Juno survives near Jupiter

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:19:35 -0500

Take a look at how electronics of spacecraft are built to survive the harshness of space environments.

Moon Monday: Deimos

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:36:33 -0500

Digging into the Viking archives to produce a new old composite of Mars' smaller moon.

Pretty Pictures of the Cosmos: Hidden in Plain Sight

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:08 -0500

Award-winning astrophotographer Adam Block shares of his latest work.

Funpost! A funny thing happened on the way to the Moon

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 06:00:05 -0500

A few ripping good yarns from 1969. And a truly terrifying cartoon.

Diving into Juno JIRAM data archives

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:55:50 -0500

The Jovian Infrared Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument can obtain images in two infrared bands. JIRAM can see the nightside of Jupiter (including the winter pole) and takes spectacular animations.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Presses On in Perseverance, Pace Picks Up

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:10:02 -0500

In the west rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity continued her exploration of Perseverance Valley in March.

Seeing InSight

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:33:19 -0500

Last week, I received a golden ticket that gave me rare access to a sacred space: the cleanroom facility where NASA's next Mars lander, InSight, is undergoing final preparations for launch.