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Bill Nye, Planetary Society Staff Listen to LightSail 2 Signal

Jason Davis • September 19, 2019

When LightSail 2 recently flew south of The Planetary Society's headquarters, CEO Bill Nye and other staff members stepped outside to listen.

Registration Is Now Open for the 2020 Day of Action

Casey Dreier • September 18, 2019

Join The Planetary Society and advocate for space in Washington, D.C. this 9 - 10 February 2020.

Astronomers May Have Found an Interstellar Comet. Here's Why That Matters.

Jason Davis • September 13, 2019 • 4

Astrophysicist Karl Battams tells us what we can learn by studying objects from outside our solar system.

Here's How I'm Celebrating 53 Years of Star Trek

Robert Picardo • September 08, 2019

Star Trek Voyager Emergency Medical Hologram and Planetary Society Board member Robert Picardo uncovers rare Star Trek artifacts at The Planetary Society.

India's Vikram Spacecraft Apparently Crash-Lands on Moon

Jason Davis • September 06, 2019 • 5

Communications were lost with the lander, which was carrying a small rover named Pragyan to the lunar surface.

Calling All Image Processors: Help Us Create a Top-Down View of LightSail 2

Jason Davis • September 06, 2019

We've got 2 fish-eye pictures of the spacecraft's solar sail from opposite cameras, and we're hoping they can be combined.

The September Equinox 2019 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2019

A new issue of The Planetary Report brings you our pride in the success of LightSail 2 and our gratitude to our members for making it happen. Plus Venus science from Akatsuki and Venus Express, and the status of planetary defense.

Your Impact: Mission Success!

The Planetary Report • September Solstice 2019

Your LightSail 2 spacecraft is in space, controlling its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

Where We Are

The Planetary Report • September Solstice 2019

We lost and gained spacecraft at the Moon last quarter. India’s Chandrayaan-2 left Earth orbit for the Moon on 13 August, and its Vikram lander aims at a 7 September touchdown. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter just celebrated its tenth launch anniversary. China’s smallsat Longjiang-2 crashed on 31 July, ending its successful mission.

Why I Explore

The Planetary Report • September Solstice 2019

I explore space because I like feeling insignificant. I crave a dark night sky that reminds me that our Sun and even our galaxy are not unique. I find comfort in thinking about countless generations of humans looking at the same sky and asking questions similar to the ones I ask.

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