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Planetary Society Blog

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


How far they'll go: Moana shows the power of Polynesian celestial navigation

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:00:06 -0600

The Polynesian peoples' astronomical knowledge helped them colonize the vast Pacific Ocean.

Emily's recommended space books for kids of all ages, 2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:12:05 -0600

Welcome to my ninth annual recommendations and gift guide to books about space, planets, and astronauts for kids of all ages!

This newly discovered Earth-sized planet could harbor life

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:20 -0600

And it's only 11 light-years away.

Reminder: The Giant Magellan Telescope is going to be awesome

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:00:05 -0600

The GMT will characterize Earth-size exoplanets' atmospheres, looking for compounds that indicate the presence of life.

Planetary Society asteroid hunter snags picture of interstellar visitor ʻOumuamua

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:29:43 -0600

Asteroid hunters named the first-known interstellar asteroid ʻOumuamua as a nod to its scout-like traits.

Sharing Space in Australia

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:00:20 -0600

The Planetary Society’s 2017 journey to Australia expanded our perspective, advocacy and global community. It was rich with reminders close to Carl Sagan’s heart: We are all connected through time, humankind, and our origins in the stars.

Dawn Journal: Second Extended Mission

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:00:12 -0500

Building on the successes of its primary mission and its first extended mission, NASA has approved the veteran explorer for a second extended mission.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Pops Wheelies Over Etched Rocks in Perseverance

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:42:36 -0500

As brutally cold got even colder at Endeavour Crater in October, the depths of winter gripped Opportunity, and ‘life’ on Mars slowed. But the robot field geologist continued to work on through the doldrums of the season.

Mastcam-Z team blog: Preparing for five-hour operations

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:18:34 -0500

It takes hundreds of scientists and engineers many years to design and build just one instrument for a Mars mission. In the first Mastcam-Z team blog post, we'll talk about the special challenges we expect for Mars 2020 operations, and how we're planning to overcome them.

Bridenstine makes his case for NASA administrator job

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:32:13 -0500

Republicans and Democrats spent nearly 3 hours showering Bridenstine with both praise and criticism.