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Doing SETI Better by Understanding Ourselves

Jason Wright • October 06, 2017

One of the reasons SETI is hard is that we don’t know exactly what we are looking for, and part of that difficulty is that we still aren’t sure of who we are. An astronomer and an anthropologist team up to explore how cultural myopia shape what we can find in the cosmos.

We choose to go to the Moon and do the other things

Casey Dreier and Jason Davis • October 05, 2017 • 9

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the National Space Council's first meeting today by declaring Americans will return to the Moon. Casey Dreier and Jason Davis analyze this new direction for NASA's human spaceflight program.

Dawn Journal: 10 Years in Space

Marc Rayman • October 04, 2017 • 1

A decade after leaving its first home in the solar system, Dawn is healthy and successful at its current residence around Ceres.

A new year's worth of Mars Orbiter Mission data

Emily Lakdawalla • October 02, 2017 • 1

India's Mars Orbiter Mission has now completed three years in orbit at Mars, and ISRO celebrated the anniversary by releasing the mission's second-year data to the public. Emily Lakdawalla spent a week downloading and processing data for your enjoyment.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Braves Onset of Winter to Picture Perseverance

A.J.S. Rayl • October 02, 2017

The Martian winter began to grip Endeavour Crater in September, slowing Opportunity's pace. But she braved the brutal cold in Perseverance Valley and followed her commands to visually document everything in sight.

Your guide to future total solar eclipses

Bruce Betts • October 02, 2017 • 1

Bruce Betts provides a guide to all total solar eclipses through the end of the 2020s, with dates and locations.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk updates Mars colonization plans

Jason Davis • September 29, 2017 • 9

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented an updated version of his Mars colonization plans today, during a widely anticipated talk at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

Earth flyby tests OSIRIS-REx's cameras

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2017

As expected, OSIRIS-REx's Earth flyby on September 22 was a success. The mission is slowly releasing beautiful images of our home worlds taken by its many cameras following the flyby.

Is Mars habitable? With the right technologies, yes

Max Fagin • September 28, 2017 • 4

Making Mars habitable will require us to master the conversion of raw Martian materials into resources we can use to survive. Fortunately, Mars has a wealth of usable materials, making it one of the most human-habitable places in the solar system, other than Earth itself.

Fall 2017 issue of The Planetary Report now available

Donna Stevens • September 27, 2017

The Fall 2017 issue of The Planetary Report is in the mail and available online now to our members!

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