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Curiosity update, sols 1600-1674: The second Bagnold Dunes campaign

April 25, 2017 - 7:00am
The four-stop dune science campaign offered the engineers some time to continue troubleshooting the drill without any pressure to use it for science. They scooped sand at a site called Ogunquit Beach but couldn't complete the planned sample activity because of new developments in the drill inquiry. The rover has now headed onward toward Vera Rubin Ridge.

This weekend, it's the beginning of the end for Cassini

April 19, 2017 - 7:00am
NASA's long-lived Cassini spacecraft is about to buzz Titan for the final time, putting it on course for a spectacular mission finale that concludes in September.

March Solstice issue of The Planetary Report now available

April 18, 2017 - 1:37pm
The Spring 2017 issue of The Planetary Report is in the mail and available online now to our members!

Our asteroid hunters are trying to save the world. Here’s what they’ve been up to

April 17, 2017 - 7:00am
Here are some recent reports from our NEO Shoemaker Grant program asteroid observers, who are quite literally trying to save the world.

Postcard from the Space Symposium: Planetary Society outreach coordinator finds her place in space

April 14, 2017 - 11:15am
The annual Space Symposium brings together space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space.

Another smoking gun in the search for life in Enceladus’ ocean

April 13, 2017 - 7:12pm
NASA's Cassini spacecraft sniffed out molecular hydrogen spewing from Enceladus' subsurface ocean. The discovery means Saturn's moon has all the basic ingredients needed to support life.

Fossils or good-looking rocks? Why searching for life on other worlds is hard

April 13, 2017 - 7:00am
If you find a structure that looks like ancient life, can you be really sure that it is ancient life?