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These are a few of our favorite things: Top 2017 planetary stories

Emily Lakdawalla • December 22, 2017

Looking back on 2017, we here at The Planetary Society are proud of what we have accomplished during this orbit of the Sun. Emily Lakdawalla, Jason Davis, Casey Dreier, and Mat Kaplan reflect on the year that was.

Visualize today's solstice with images from Earth-observing satellites

Jason Davis • December 21, 2017

What do the shortest days of the year look like from space?

Downselect: NASA narrows future mission destination to comet 67P or Titan

Jason Davis • December 20, 2017 • 7

The winner will be picked in 2019.

#AGU17: Spherical harmonics, gravity, and the depth of winds at Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • December 20, 2017 • 3

Results from the Juno gravity science experiment presented at last week's American Geophysical Union meeting suggest Jupiter's winds penetrate only to 3000 kilometers deep.

A closer look at China's audacious Mars sample return plans

Andrew Jones • December 19, 2017 • 3

China is making steady progress on a proposed mission to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth in the late 2020s.

#AGU17: JunoCam science

Emily Lakdawalla • December 18, 2017 • 2

JunoCam may be an outreach instrument, but its superb photos of storms on Jupiter are providing plenty of data for scientists to talk about.

Congress rejects graduate student tax

Casey Dreier • December 14, 2017 • 2

The Planetary Society was proud to join dozens of other scientific organizations in standing against this unnecessary and detrimental tax increase on the future scientific workforce of the United States.

Brief note from #AGU17: Juno observes volcanism on Io

Emily Lakdawalla • December 13, 2017

At the American Geophysical Union meeting, members of the Juno team showed observations of active volcanism on Jupiter's moon Io.

An exoplanet-hunting space telescope turns and takes a photo of Earth

James Davenport • December 08, 2017

On December 10, Kepler—NASA’s prized exoplanet discovery telescope—will finally turn back and take a picture of the Earth.

The case for Venus

Jason Davis • December 08, 2017 • 9

NASA is about to pick finalists for its next New Frontiers mission. Will Venus make the cut?

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