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The Best of 2022

Planetary Society | 2022-12-05 16:04:58

Announcing the winners of our Best of 2022 campaign!

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Much has passed in decades past

Planetary Society | 2022-12-02 15:35:01

With anniversaries come reflections, and there’s a lot to look back on in the history of space.

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NASA’s economic impact? Hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Planetary Society | 2022-12-02 14:05:00

In 2021, NASA supported an estimated 339,645 jobs across the United States. A new report details the astounding economic benefits of the space agency in every state.

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Best space pictures of the month: November 2022

Planetary Society | 2022-11-30 15:05:03

NASA's chief of exploration mission planning Nujoud Merancy walks us through a picture from the Orion spacecraft.

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What the 2022 midterm elections mean for NASA

Planetary Society | 2022-11-29 14:05:04

Republicans regain control of the House. The Senate remains under Democratic control. This divided governance could slow down the pace of space legislation, even for “must-pass” items like NASA's annual budget.

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2022 impact report

Planetary Society | 2022-11-24 15:07:12

A review of the results The Planetary Society achieved in 2022 thanks to the support of our members.

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The best gift ideas for space fans in 2022

Planetary Society | 2022-11-22 15:08:30

The perfect presents for the space enthusiasts in your life, hand-picked by our staff and other space fans.

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On the Issues

Planetary Society | 2022-11-21 14:08:11

We believe in the exploration of the planets, the search for life, and protecting the Earth.

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Gifts from above

Planetary Society | 2022-11-18 20:27:15

The Cosmos has so many gifts to give us, from awe-inspiring images to fascinating discoveries. We’ve got our own set of gifts to recommend too.

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Launching and descending

Planetary Society | 2022-11-18 15:38:02

Artemis I is on its way to the Moon, Planetary Academy is here to inspire your kids, and LightSail 2 has come down.

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LightSail 2 completes mission with atmospheric reentry

Planetary Society | 2022-11-17 21:58:04

The three-and-a-half-year solar sailing mission showed LightSail 2 could change its orbit with sunlight alone.

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Meet The Planetary Academy

Planetary Society | 2022-11-15 16:58:11

Our lifetime love of space exploration can start when we are very young. And so, we have developed the Planetary Academy, a 100% space-related membership created for kids 10 years old and younger.

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NASA’s Artemis I mission has successfully launched

Planetary Society | 2022-11-15 06:58:14

Despite several setbacks and delays, NASA's Artemis I mission successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 16, 2022.

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LightSail 2 is about to burn up

Planetary Society | 2022-11-14 22:17:13

After 3.5 years, 18,000 orbits of the Earth, and 8 million kilometers (5 million miles) traveled, The Planetary Society’s successful LightSail 2 solar sail spacecraft will burn up as it reenters the Earth’s atmosphere in the next few days.

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Two pale blue dots

Planetary Society | 2022-11-11 15:37:11

Reflecting on Carl Sagan’s influence on this pale blue dot we call Earth.

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VOICE: Will this Chinese candidate mission to Venus fly?

Planetary Society | 2022-11-08 15:09:28

Inside the Venus Volcano Imaging and Climate Explorer (VOICE) proposal, which appears to be gaining momentum.

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A year in review and a reddish hue

Planetary Society | 2022-11-04 14:39:32

Get ready for a total lunar eclipse and pick your favorites from this year in space.

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Job opening: Director of Government Relations

Planetary Society | 2022-11-03 16:09:32

The Planetary Society is seeking a passionate, curious, and outgoing individual to serve as its Director of Government Relations in Washington, D.C.

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Best space pictures of the month: October 2022

Planetary Society | 2022-10-31 14:00:21

Stunning views of Europa and the Eagle Nebula headline our roundup of space images released last month.

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Creepy Cosmos! Scary space! Petrifying planets!

Planetary Society | 2022-10-28 14:39:30

An especially spooky Halloween edition of The Downlink.

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Digital Community Manager (6-month temporary position)

Planetary Society | 2022-10-27 18:39:33

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization, seeks a talented Digital Community Manager to join our communications team on a 6-month temporary contract beginning no later than November 28, 2022.

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Planetary Radio has a new host

Planetary Society | 2022-10-26 15:00:28

After 20 years at the helm, our friend and colleague Mat Kaplan is retiring as the host of Planetary Radio. The good news is the show will be in excellent hands after Mat’s departure. We can finally announce Planetary Radio’s new host is Sarah Al-Ahmed.

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Freelance Audio Editor (Contract)

Planetary Society | 2022-10-26 13:09:31

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization, seeks a talented Audio Editor to support the post-production needs of our two podcasts.

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Your guide to water on Mars

Planetary Society | 2022-10-25 14:09:32

Mars used to have oceans, lakes, and rivers. Where did the water go, how much is left, and how can we use it for science and exploration?

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New wonders to behold

Planetary Society | 2022-10-21 14:34:09

New stars are being born, new missions are being conceived, and new discoveries are being made all the time.

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The live space feeds you should be following right now

Planetary Society | 2022-10-20 14:03:42

Here are some livestreams to save so you can watch rocket launch feeds, space station broadcasts off-Earth, and other space-related activities in real-time.

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Good omens

Planetary Society | 2022-10-14 14:32:09

The future is looking brighter thanks to a proven asteroid deflection technique and an array of visionary ideas for space exploration innovation.

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Rocket Lab’s private Venus mission

Planetary Society | 2022-10-13 14:00:28

Launch vehicle company Rocket Lab plans to send the first private mission to Venus in 2023.

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NASA says DART's asteroid impact was a huge success

Planetary Society | 2022-10-11 18:30:39

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced that early observations indicate NASA's DART mission successfully moved asteroid moonlet Dimorphos.

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How JWST will reveal our Solar System beyond Neptune

Planetary Society | 2022-10-11 14:00:53

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will soon give us valuable data on the dozens of distant objects found beyond the orbit of Neptune in a region known as the Kuiper belt.

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Look and see

Planetary Society | 2022-10-07 14:30:29

New views of Europa, favorite sights from JWST, looking at the Cosmos from the air, and other ways to visually soak up our Universe.

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The best space pictures from JWST

Planetary Society | 2022-10-04 14:00:42

The observatory is continuing to deliver a steady stream of beautiful cosmic images.

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A smashing success

Planetary Society | 2022-09-30 14:30:42

Celebrate DART’s successful self-destruction and behold the jewels of the Cosmos.

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JWST’s carbon dioxide discovery is good news for Earth-like worlds

Planetary Society | 2022-09-27 14:01:19

NASA's JWST recently detected carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet known as WASP-39b — a historical first.

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See DART’s final images before it smashed into an asteroid

Planetary Society | 2022-09-26 23:31:40

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft intentionally crashed into Dimorphos, the moon of an asteroid named Didymos.

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Brighten up your day

Planetary Society | 2022-09-23 14:30:27

JWST captures more astonishing images and insights, and DART gets ready for impact.

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DART impact: What to expect

Planetary Society | 2022-09-21 21:40:25

Get ready for NASA's demonstration of a planetary defense technique that could deflect a future asteroid on course to hit Earth.

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Outer worlds and outstanding science

Planetary Society | 2022-09-16 14:30:29

Uranus is way out there, beckoning us to visit. And Cassini is the mission that won’t quit, even years after burning up.

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Tianwen-3: China’s Mars sample return mission

Planetary Society | 2022-09-15 14:00:29

China's Tianwen-3 aims to be the first to collect samples from Mars and deliver them to Earth, potentially landing back home two years ahead of the NASA and the European Space Agency MSR project

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What Cassini continues to reveal about Saturn

Planetary Society | 2022-09-13 14:01:27

Saturn continues to surprise as scientists comb through 13 years of Cassini data.

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Commercial Spaceflight Principles

Planetary Society | 2022-09-12 19:01:30

The Planetary Society sees commercial spaceflight as a means to promote our goals in space science and exploration. These policies guide our organizational approach to the dynamic and growing space industry.

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A rose by any other name

Planetary Society | 2022-09-12 13:51:32

What’s in a name? (Uranus’ name, specifically.)

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Your impact: September equinox 2022

Planetary Society | 2022-09-12 13:51:31

We’re pleased to report a very active summer back to you.

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Patience for Uranus

Planetary Society | 2022-09-12 13:51:29

The road back to Uranus is paved with a complicated mix of science and politics.

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Stars in the making

Planetary Society | 2022-09-09 14:31:31

A new solar telescope takes center stage, new stars collect mass, and musicians sonify space imagery.

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Space rocks!

Planetary Society | 2022-09-02 14:32:04

Rock stars love space, and who can blame them! Take a look at awesome images, exciting science, and the connection between music and exploration.

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Are planets with two stars promising places for life?

Planetary Society | 2022-08-30 14:02:02

A look at the potential for habitable planets in binary systems despite their chaotic births.

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It’s a team effort

Planetary Society | 2022-08-26 14:31:45

Robots, scientists, citizens, and artists team up to explore the Cosmos in this week’s Downlink.

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Who gets to use JWST and what's it like?

Planetary Society | 2022-08-26 14:01:56

There are only so many hours of telescope time available to unlock the secrets of the Universe.

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How NASA will use helicopters to return samples from Mars in 2033

Planetary Society | 2022-08-23 14:01:44

NASA's latest plans for its Mars Sample Return mission will rely on the Perseverance rover and two 'Ingenuity-class' helicopters.

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