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NASA experiments will watch eclipse's effect on atmosphere

August 18, 2017 - 7:00am
The upcoming solar eclipse isn’t just about watching the Moon block out the Sun. A suite of NASA-funded science experiments will to study the unseen effects of the eclipse on Earth's atmosphere.

Celebrating the 40th anniversaries of the Voyager launches

August 17, 2017 - 7:07pm
Sunday, August 20 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Tuesday, September 5, will be the 40th anniversary for Voyager 1. Throughout the next three weeks, we'll be posting new and classic material in honor of the Voyagers. Here's a preview.

Could the total solar eclipse reveal a comet?

August 16, 2017 - 7:00am
Next week's solar eclipse will reveal the Sun's corona, nearby bright planets and stars, and, if we get extremely lucky, a comet!

A dispatch from the path of totality: the 2017 solar eclipse in Ravenna, Nebraska

August 15, 2017 - 7:00am
Ravenna, population 1,400, sits on the plains of central Nebraska, and almost on the center line of the path of totality for the upcoming Great American Eclipse. Nebraska native Shane Pekny reports on how this small town is preparing for the big event.

Bill Nye's top eclipse tip: Protect your eyes

August 15, 2017 - 7:00am
Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, has some suggestions for staying safe during next week's solar eclipse.

Book Review: Sun Moon Earth

August 14, 2017 - 7:00am
With the North American Total Solar Eclipse coming on August 21, people across the continent are getting eclipse mania! Astronomer Tyler Nordgren has written a detailed book on eclipses with a special focus on the August 21st event.

Function over form: NASA's Space Launch System gets a new paint job

August 11, 2017 - 7:00am
Last week, NASA revealed an updated design for the Space Launch System, featuring black-and-white checkerboards streaking down each of the vehicle's solid rocket boosters.

Here's what we know about the 12 proposals for NASA's next New Frontiers mission

August 10, 2017 - 7:00am
NASA officials are in the process of selecting the agency’s next planetary science mission from a field of 12 competitors.

A space advocate on Capitol Hill: Planetary Society intern shares story

August 8, 2017 - 11:22am
Planetary Society intern Aaron Campbell recaps his experience working on Capitol Hill over the course of two summers.

Five Earth Years on Mars

August 5, 2017 - 8:00am
Five (Earth) years ago today, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity landed in a dramatic fashion on the surface of the Red Planet. We look back at a mission that advanced humanity's understanding of Mars and provided a priceless return on a modest investment.

From space plane to sky crane: How part of a space shuttle landed a rover on Mars

August 5, 2017 - 7:00am
Did you know that hardware from one of NASA's retired space shuttle orbiters played a critical role in the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars five years ago?