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A Comet Visitor and a Pretty Metal Moon

The week’s space news, plus your guide to the night sky and ways you can contribute to Venus science.

Mars in all its glory, and a planet as hot as a star

Dive into Mars mania and catch up on this week's space exploration updates.

Asteroids, Asteroids, Asteroids!

Gear up for Asteroid Day on 30 June, explore the latest issue of The Planetary Report, and get your fill of space news for the week.

Your Impact: June 2020 Solstice

We're celebrating a successful Day of Action in Washington D.C., remembering SETI@home, and looking forward to LightSail 2's extended mission.

Sample Return Roundup

It's a banner year for sample return missions. In 2020, China, Japan, and the United States are all scheduled to have sample return missions in flight, seeking to retrieve material from near-Earth asteroids, the Moon, and eventually Mars.

Pictures of Earth

During this singular moment in history as the entire world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be appropriate to share some of our favorite pictures of Earth from space.

A Ring of Fire and Titan's Explosive Volcanoes

All the latest space news, plus ways you can celebrate and advocate for space.

What Is a Solar Eclipse? Your Questions Answered.

Your guide to total, partial, and annular eclipses: what causes them, what you'll see, and when the next one will happen.

LightSail 2 Enters Extended Mission Phase

One year after launch, The Planetary Society’s solar sail spacecraft is embarking on an extended mission dedicated to further advancing solar sailing technology.

Perseverance, Optimism, and an Undeniably Cool Poster

The week’s space news, plus action you can take to advance exploration.

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