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Voyage to Mercury

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Elsa Montagnon details the challenges of delivering BepiColombo’s two spacecraft from Earth to Mercury.

Farside Landing and Nearside Sample Return

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Long Xiao previews two ambitious Chinese lunar missions, one of which will make the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon.

Chandrayaan-2

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Sriram Bhiravarasu anticipates India’s 2019 lunar venture with an orbiter, lander, and rover.

Why Start A Space Program?

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Casey Dreier observes the genesis of a new space agency in Australia, and how The Planetary Society helped make it happen.

Where We Are

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Emily Lakdawalla introduces an at-a-glance spacecraft locator to The Planetary Report.

A New Era for Canada-U.S. Space Cooperation?

Kate Howells • September 14, 2018

On 7 September, down the street from the NAFTA meetings in Washington D.C., the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a meeting of many thought leaders from both countries to discuss a point of uncertainty in the Canada-United States relationship: collaboration in space.

Feast your eyes on comet 67P's surface, with depth cues added

Mattias Malmer • September 14, 2018 • 2

Mattias Malmer made it a little easier to figure out what Philae really saw in 2014.

Hayabusa2 stops short of close approach on first touchdown rehearsal

Emily Lakdawalla • September 13, 2018

Hayabusa2 didn’t quite make it down to its intended 60-meter distance from asteroid Ryugu yesterday. There is nothing wrong with the spacecraft; it’s healthy and returning to its home position. The team will adjust parameters and give it another try in the future.

Goodbye, Delta II rocket

Jason Davis • September 11, 2018 • 1

This Saturday, the final Delta II rocket will launch NASA's ICESat-2 spacecraft into orbit.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: NASA Focuses on Recovering Opportunity as Storm Diminishes and Dust Settles

A.J.S. Rayl • September 09, 2018

The dust raising power of the storms that wrapped Mars in a cloud in June and July diminished in August. Meanwhile, on Earth, the Opportunity team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reviewed recovery plans, conducted additional simulations, and began wrapping the month with newfound reasons to believe Opportunity can emerge from her hibernation.

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